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Companies try doctors’ bonuses to reduce employee depression

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A group of Minnesota employers is piloting a pay-for-performance program to combat employee depression.

The program, sponsored by the Buyers Health Care Action Group (BHCAG), will pay bonuses to doctors and clinics if participating employers’ workers show significant drops in symptoms of depression within six to 12 months of starting treatment. Results will be based on employees’ performance on standardized questionnaires.

BHCAG, which includes 3M Company, Carlson Companies, Honeywell, Target Corporation and the state of Minnesota, has spent roughly $750,000 on pay-for-performance physician bonuses in programs to reduce diabetes and heart disease. Bonuses in the program average $25 to $100 per patient.

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