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Skeptical Look At P4P Leads HA Blog’s October Top Ten
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.
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