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Research Studies is a monthly compilation of research articles funded by AHRQ or authored by AHRQ researchers and recently published in journals or newsletters.
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Markovitz AA, Ramsay PP, Shortell SM
Financial incentives and physician practice participation in Medicare's value-based reforms.
The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether greater experience and success with performance incentives among physician practices are related to increased participation in Medicare's voluntary value-based payment reforms. The authors concluded that Medicare must complement financial incentives with additional efforts to address the needs of practices with less experience with such incentives to promote value-based payment on a broader scale.
Citation: Markovitz AA, Ramsay PP, Shortell SM . Financial incentives and physician practice participation in Medicare's value-based reforms. Health Serv Res 2018 Aug;53 Suppl 1:3052-69. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.12743..
Keywords: Payment, Medicare, Provider Performance, Value
de la Guardia FH, Hwang J, Adams JL
Loss function-based evaluation of physician report cards.
The authors specified loss functions and evaluated the potential cost of misclassification for physician report card designs. They found that misclassification cost depends on how performance information will be used and by whom; selecting the lowest-cost design for a given stakeholder could maximize the usefulness of physician performance data. They conlcuded that misclassification cost could guide report card design, improving the usefulness of a report card for one stakeholder without disadvantaging others.
Citation: de la Guardia FH, Hwang J, Adams JL . Loss function-based evaluation of physician report cards. Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology 2018 Jun;18(2):96-108. doi: 10.1007/s10742-018-0179-2.
Keywords: Quality of Care, Provider Performance, Quality Measures, Value
Paddock SM, Damberg CL, Yanagihara D
What role does efficiency play in understanding the relationship between cost and quality in physician organizations?
Previous studies demonstrate overuse of a narrow set of services, suggesting provider inefficiency, but existing studies neither quantify inefficiency more broadly nor assess its variation across physician organizations (POs). This study found that POs had substantial variation in efficiency, producing widely differing levels of quality for the same cost.
Citation: Paddock SM, Damberg CL, Yanagihara D . What role does efficiency play in understanding the relationship between cost and quality in physician organizations? Med Care 2017 Dec;55(12):1039-45. doi: 10.1097/mlr.0000000000000823.
Keywords: Value, Practice Patterns, Healthcare Costs, Quality of Care, Quality Improvement, Payment, Provider Performance