At the fifth annual national Pay for Performance Summit, held in San Francisco this month, the phrase “payment reform” was tacked onto the conference title, as in “the leading national forum on pay for performance and payment reform.”
Indeed, the conference focused on overall payment reform more than pay-for-performance efforts. Sessions highlighted payment reform programs happening around the country, including global payments in Massachusetts, cost efficiency for chronically ill Medicaid patients and bundled payments at three-hospital Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania.
A total of 535 people attended the three-day conference, down from 583 attendees last year. As was the case last year, the conference was held at the Hyatt Regency, with sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay, and put on by the Integrated Healthcare Association.
Quality of care was, as in years past, an important aspect to the conference. Managing hospital readmissions and eliminating serious medical errors were top-of-mind. Leading quality experts were in attendance, including Peggy O'Kane, president of the National Committee on Quality Assurance, Susan DeVore, president and CEO of Premier and Janet Corrigan, president and CEO of the National Quality Forum.
Marrying high quality care with cost control is a hot topic in Washington, and there was little agreement in San Francisco about the best approach to achieve this.