Researchers from the University of Michigan recently published results from an analysis of primary care physician compensation in the US. The analysis showed that compensation tied to factors like quality and productivity does not differ substantially by type of payment model.
The researchers looked at data from the National Survey of Physician Organizations and analyzed payment […]
Care providers nationwide are showing strong interest in a shift to value-based care. UnitedHealthcare’s total payments to physicians and hospitals that are tied to value-based arrangements have nearly tripled in the last three years to $38 billion.* By the end of 2018, UnitedHealthcare expects that figure to reach $65 billion.*Read more
UnitedHealthcare recently awarded more than $54 million in bonus payments to more than 4,000 care providers named winners of the PATH Excellence in Patient Service Awards.*
The recipients achieved the highest adherence levels for key quality measures by successfully closing gaps in care when treating UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage members.
The PATH program annually rewards physicians who meet […]
Drug and medical device makers paid $6.49 billion to US doctors and teaching hospitals in 2014, according to the federal government’s first full-year accounting of the breadth of industry ties with medical providers. The total comprises payments to more than 600,000 doctors and 1,100 hospitals for services such as consulting, research and promotional activities about […]
According to the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, the rate of hospital acquired bedsores decreased from 11.8 per 1,000 patients in 2008 to 0.7 per 1,000 patients in 2012 at 210 academic medical centers after Medicare stopped paying for costs associated with bedsores in 2008.
New Oliver Wyman research finds that despite well-publicized departures from Medicare’s Pioneer ACO Program, the number of accountable care organizations (ACOs) continued to rise last year, though at a slower pace than in 2013. Almost 70 percent of the U.S. population now lives in localities served by ACOs, and 44 percent live in areas served […]Read more
CMS has released Medicaid and Medicare EHR incentive payments totaling over $30 billion to 447,842 eligible hospitals and professionals as of March. Around $3.6 billion was given to qualified Medicaid professionals, $7.7 billion went to qualified Medicare professionals, eligible hospitals nabbed $18.3 billion and Medicare Advantage groups received $400 million. BeckersHospitalReview.com (5/21)Read more
Every year B. E. Smith analyzes its surveys of more than 300 healthcare executives. According to this survey, there is clear movement to alignment of compensation of executives with the performance-based care model. Despite progress, though, 43% of surveyed executives say their organization has yet to match incentives to key values such as cost containment, patient engagement and […]Read more
Research shows effects of value-based pay models
A study of the Fairview Health Services accountable care organization in Minnesota, which bases 40% of pay on quality and performance outcomes, showed clinicians who made the biggest improvements were those with the lowest baseline performance scores. A second study of the Physician Group Incentive Program in Michigan found […]
Over the past year, approximately 120 organizations have become ACOs in public and private programs, bringing the total to 744 since 2011.
In addition to growth in the total number of ACOs, there has been continued growth in the number of people covered by ACO arrangements. Since the start of 2014, an estimated 4.5 million more […]