Health insurer efforts to measure and report the quality of doctors and hospitals are in their infancy.
A PricewaterhouseCoopers L.L.C. team led a health industries specialist in the firm’s McLean, Va., office have come to that conclusion in a study based on a review of 10 established “pay for performance” programs.
The federal government wants to make “P4P” compensation a standard part of government health finance programs, but a review of the existing private-sector P4P efforts shows that if “you’ve seen one pay-for-performance program…you’ve seen one pay-for-performance program,” the PricewaterhouseCoopers researchers write.
The companies use about 60 indicators to measure performance, but no single indicator is used by all 10 plans, the researchers report.