Which physician would you want to take care of you?
The obvious answer is Physician D. Unfortunately, the healthcare payment systems currently used by Medicare and health insurance plans force doctors to be like Physicians A, B, or C:
None of these systems ensures that a patient receives high-quality care. Under “pay-for-performance” programs tied to quality measures, a physician is still paid the same amount regardless of whether the individual patient received quality care or not, and there are no quality measures at all for many types of health problems.
Is there a better way?
Fortunately, there is:
In a Patient-Centered Payment system, physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare providers:
In contrast to current fee-for-service, shared savings, and population-based payment systems, physicians in a Patient-Centered Payment system are not penalized for keeping patients healthy or for delivering services patients need, nor are they rewarded for stinting on healthcare services. Instead, physicians are rewarded for delivering appropriate, high-quality care to their patients. Moreover, Patient-Centered Payment can be implemented easily by payers and providers without the kinds of heavy administrative burdens in current value-based payment systems.More About Patient-Centered Payment