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(Non)Pay for (Non)Performance

A recent Perspective in the New England Journal of Medicine explores Medicare’s plan to cease payments for 8 conditions – often reported as secondary diagnoses upon hospital discharge – that should never occur. Among these include: (1) [...]

November 1, 2007 // 2 Comments

Medical Malpractice: Crisis or just another controversy?

Malpractice expenses represent less than 10 percent of medical practice costs. Evidence for a nation-wide malpractice crisis is not apparent. A recent investigation utilizes data collected by the American Medical Association on physician incomes, [...]

June 1, 2007 // 0 Comments

Is access to care worse in US than in Canada?

The major advocates for a single-payer health insurance system in the United States released the results of the Joint Canada/US Survey of Health offering support for their belief the US should model is health care system after Canada’s. This large [...]

September 1, 2006 // 0 Comments

Medicare’s Pay-for-Performance Experiment

Pay for performance (P4P), a model of rewarding and punishing health care providers based on the quality of care delivered to patients, was recommended by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) in spring [...]

June 1, 2006 // 0 Comments

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