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Pros and Cons for Pay-for-performance

Pay-for-performance programs use financial incentives to improve quality of health care and/or contain costs. What are the pros and cons of this approach?

Would like assistance on a couple of pages which address the following:

Describe the objectives of pay-for-performance policies.

Are some or all pay-for-performance programs meeting their goals? If so, explain why you think they are effective. If not, identify the main obstacles and what could be done to improve their effectiveness. Be sure to provide specific examples of pay-for-performance programs to support your response, and discuss outcomes in terms of:
- Impact on quality improvement
- Unintended and/or negative consequences
- Implications for cost containment

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Pros and Cons of Pay-for-Performance Programs

Describe the objectives of pay-for-performance policies.
* Pay for Performance systems are a modification of fee-for-service or capitation systems. These forms of policies reward providers for doing certain things such as: high patient satisfaction, meeting a goal that requires specific percentage female patients receiving regular mammograms, or a low rate of medical errors.
* The idea is to create incentives to provide a better quality of care- this may cost insurers more money initially but will in theory lead to less overall expenses in the long run.
* Most often used to encourage providers to follow the recommended guidelines or meet the treatment goals for high-cost conditions.
* Performance awards can be given in many forms. Some of them could include:
- Physician bonuses
- Enhanced fee-schedules
- Directing more patients to high-performing providers and/or health plans.

Are some or all pay-for-performance programs meeting their goals? If so, explain why you think they are effective. If not, identify the main obstacles and what could be done to improve their effectiveness.
This question has to do with your own individual opinion in which you may use some of the sources I ...

Solution Summary

The pros and cons for pay-for-performances are given. The objectives of these policies are determined.

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