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Health Policy Brief: Pay For Performance
A new Health Policy Brief  from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation analyzes pay-for-performance initiatives, including provisions in the Affordable Care Act, that provide financial incentives to doctors and hospitals for meeting or exceeding specific quality and performance measures. The concept of pay-for-performance is designed to address shortcomings of traditional fee-for-service payment, which inherently incentivizes a greater volume of treatments regardless of patient outcomes. The brief assesses studies done to date on pay-for-performance that show mixed results and discusses needs for further research that could help shape more effective programs in the future.
Topics covered in the brief include the following:
About Health Policy Briefs. The Briefs  are aimed at policy makers, congressional staffers, and others who need short, jargon-free explanations of health policy basics. The Briefs, which are reviewed by experts in the field, include competing arguments on policy proposals and the relevant research supporting each perspective
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