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Give Pay-for-Performance Chance to Succeed, Panelists Urge

Finding Right Mix of Incentives Is Key

10/16/2014 — Panelists at a recent Alliance for Health Reform briefing in Washington said more efforts should be made to allow physician pay-for-performance plans to work before labeling them failures. Some panelists said effective pay-for-performance initiatives could include incentives other than financial rewards.

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Value of Primary Care Drives MedPAC Discussion

Commission Seeks Ways to Correctly Value Time Spent in Patient Care

10/15/2014 — Members of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) recently acknowledged that the method for determining payment for physician services needs to be updated. Accordingly, MedPAC contracted with a research agency to analyze the number of hours a physician actually spends working compared with the Medicare physician fee schedule time.

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10/09/2014 — According to a recent survey, four out of five physicians say they are working at or above capacity in their practices. Although physicians overwhelmingly ranked patient relationships at the top of the list when it comes to satisfaction with their career choice, four in 10 still plan to leave the profession or otherwise cut back on the number of patients they see.

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