Will pay for performance backfire? That’s the question addressed in the most-read Health Affairs Blog post for October. Steffie Woolhandler, Dan Ariely, and David Himmelstein look to behavioral economics to explain the lack of evidence that P4P is benefiting patients.

Next on October’s top-ten list is Amy Boutwell’s examination of efforts to prevent hospital readmissions and the new Medicare penalties for excessive readmissions, which kicked in on October 1. Following that is Sonya Schwartz’s survey of which plans states are choosing as benchmarks for the “essential health benefits” that must be offered under the Affordable Care Act.

The full list of most-read posts for October appears below.

  1. Will Pay For Performance Backfire? Insights From Behavioral Economics
    by Steffie Woolhandler, Dan Ariely and David Himmelstein
  2. Time To Get Serious About Hospital Readmissions
    by Amy Boutwell
  3. States Take A First Step On The Path To Essential Health Benefits
    by Sonya Schwartz
  4. Do Medicare And Medicaid Payment Rates Really Threaten Physicians With Bankruptcy?
    by James Rickert
  5. Transforming Care Through Transparency
    by Anne Weiss
  6. Creating Outcome-Driven Health Care Markets
    by Nakhil Sahni and Robert Kocher
  7. Realizing The Promise Of Integrated Care For The Dual Eligibles
    by Robert Master
  8. Turning Consumers Into Shoppers: Using High-Deductible Plans Wisely
    by Maribeth Shannon
  9. The Growing Bipartisan Support For Health Courts
    by Philip Howard
  10. Health Policy Brief: Pay For Performance
    by Chris Fleming