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Articles by Patrick Fitzgerald, MPH

Patrick Fitzgerald, MPH
About Patrick Fitzgerald, MPH

Mr. Fitzgerald currently works as an analyst for UCare, a Managed Care Organization serving Medicaid and Medicare recipients in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Contact: Facebook | More Posts

Incentivizing health over fee-for-service

In 2006, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services started the Physician Quality Reporting System, or PQRS. PQRS operates on the premise that required reporting of specific delivery-of-care metrics will induce the necessary behavioral changes [...]

August 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

High Deductibles Reduce Cost

One answer to the increasing cost of health care is limiting utilization through patient cost shifting—exposing patients to a greater share of the financial risk of health care through (HDHP). HDHPs shift costs by requiring members to bear the [...]

March 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

P4P bonuses don’t necessarily improve quality

Yet another study fails to provide evidence that pay-for-performance yields additional quality improvement. Pay-for-performance (P4P) continues as one of multiple experimental policies aimed at improving health care quality.  Many studies of [...]

November 4, 2013 // 0 Comments

EHR Update: Hospitals (2013)

Less than half of the nation’s hospitals have met the criteria for meaningful use of electronic health records. The US health care system is undergoing a substantial overhaul to the way clinicians, clinics, and hospitals record, track, and [...]

September 16, 2013 // 3 Comments

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