Diversity is a big issue in healthcare and not just with patients, caregivers and executives. It turns out there's diversity in financial incentives that are part of the accountable care organization phenomenon.
In Maryland, doctors will be paid bonuses later this year tied to quality reporting under a new shared-savings payment model. The experiment includes the state's five largest insurers and Medicaid managed care.
In Minnesota, early results of bundled payments for heart attacks did not yield savings, but similar payments for diabetes, hypertension, coronary artery disease and hip and knee replacements appear on track to share savings with providers in Illinois and Pennsylvania who have had success reducing potentially avoidable complications.