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Insurers, employers talk quality while targeting physician pay
American Medical News

Health insurers and employers are pushing what they call “physician payment reform” in an effort to keep costs down and quality up.

Simply put, “physician payment reform” is a catch phrase that refers to paying physicians based on quality measures and episodes of care, rather than a fee-for-service system. It’s not a new idea. But physician payment reform — intended to be a step up from terms such as “pay-for-performance” — is gaining traction as more authorities in the health industry declare that no improvements in quality or costs will come without fundamentally changing how doctors are reimbursed.