Doctors don’t like being evaluated

http://www.medpagetoday.com/PublicHealthPolicy/Medicare/

Medicare Is Stingy in First Year of Doctor Bonuses
Out of 1,010 groups evaluated, only 14 are getting payment increases.

Losers also are scarce. Only 11 groups will be getting reductions for low quality or high spending…

“Without having any indication that this is improving patient care, they just keep piling on additional requirements,” said Dr. Mark Donnell, an anesthesiologist in Silver City, N.M. Donnell said he only reports a third of the quality measures he is expected to. “So much of what’s done in medicine is only done to meet the requirements,” he said.

The new financial incentive for doctors, called a physician value-based payment modifier, allows the federal government to boost or lower the amount it reimburses doctors based on how they score on quality measures and how much their patients cost Medicare. How doctors rate this year will determine payments for more than 900,000 physicians by 2017…

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