The Integrated Healthcare Association says a “pay for performance” system in California seems to be having a noticeable effect on the quality of patient care.[@@]
The Walnut Creek, Calif., association has attracted 7 managed care companies that run health maintenance organizations with a total of 6.2 million members. The companies have agreed to base a portion of the compensation of 35,000 participating HMO network doctors on the doctors’ performance ratings.
Rating benchmarks include indicators for care for diabetes, asthma and other conditions and patient groups.