The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations released a set of principles to help payers and providers design pay-for-performance programs. "Notwithstanding their recent proliferation, pay-for-performance programs are largely untested," said the preamble to the 10-point statement of principles posted on the JCAHO Web site. "It is important that these programs be well-designed, make every effort to encompass all affected stakeholders for whom the incentives must be aligned, and be designed and implemented in a manner that engenders, maintains and continually promotes trust among all of the participating parties." Among other things, the JCAHO principles call for pay-for-performance programs to support "an interconnected healthcare system," interoperability and quality improvement at broader levels than individual provider organizations. Read the principles. -- by Joseph Conn
JCAHO offers pay-for-performance guidance
Send us a letter
Have an opinion about this story? Click here to submit a Letter to the Editor, and we may publish it in print.