Cleve Killingsworth

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Cleve L. Killingsworth is a former CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.[1] There, he was dissatisfied with the results of pay for performance initiatives, in that he thought billions more of wasteful (and harmful) medical spending could be reduced with a new payment model.[2] In 2007, he set a 6 month deadline for his staff to come up with a new payment model, which was introduced as the alternative quality contract (AQC) to health care providers.[2]

Killingsworth's compensation from Blue Cross totaled $8.6 million in 2010, and is to total $2.7 million in 2011 and 2012 (in severance), prompting investigation by the Attorney General.[3]


  1. ^ Robert Weisman (October 21, 2011). "After a rich severance deal, insurer issues refunds". Boston Globe. Retrieved October 31, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Devaux D, Dreyfus A (January 2011). "An insurer adds a new twist to an old idea". Health Aff (Millwood) 30 (1): 62. doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2010.1199. PMID 21209438. 
  3. ^ Robert Weisman (March 3, 2011). "AG to review exit pay for Blue Cross executive". Boston Globe. p. 5. Retrieved October 31, 2011.