This meeting examined both the theory and practice of rewarding physicians and other health care providers for delivering health care services that meet specified standards or achieve defined levels of quality. Speakers reviewed the issues involved in designing incentives, encouraging provider participation, and measuring performance. The strategies and attainments of the private-sector initiative Bridges to Excellence were discussed, as were recent recommendations by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission to link payment and quality in Medicare.
Thomas H. Lee, MD, Network President, Partners Healthcare System, Boston; Robert Galvin, MD, Director of Global Health Care, General Electric; Mark Miller, PhD, Executive Director, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
See also the report in the New England Journal of Medicine, Paying Physicians for High-Quality Care (subscription required).