Incentives for Doctors Result in Better Patient Results
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – A new study has shown financial incentives given directly to individual doctors, rather than to whole medical practices, resulted in greater blood pressure control for their patients.
The study, conducted by researchers at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, enrolled 89 primary care physicians and 42 non-physician personnel, like nurses and pharmacists. Each participant was given an individual incentive, a practice-level incentive, both incentive, or none, throughout five performance periods for reaching certain blood pressure goals for their patients. Researchers found only those given individual incentives differed greatly from the control group. The difference in response between the individual incentive group and no incentive group was 8.36 percent.
For more information, go to: http://media.jamanetwork.com/news-item/individual-financial-incentives-but-not-practice-level-incentives-result-in-greater-blood-pressure-control/
SOURCE: JAMA, September 2013
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