While pay-for-performance programs can be a "tremendous opportunity" to reward doctors for effective care, such programs must use the right quality measures, rely on accurate data and minimize the burden on physician offices, the American College of Physicians said in a report. What's more, quality, rather than cost savings, should be "the overriding measure of success," savings should be shared proportionately and incentives should be financially adequate, the report said. However, the report said existing physician reimbursement systems, based on volume or episodes of illness, are inadequate to support pay-for-performance and require a fundamental redesign to focus on the use of patient-centered, physician-guided, evidence-based care. Read the report. -- by Andis Robeznieks
Pay-for-performance promising but tricky: report
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