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Pay for Performance Doesn’t Deliver, Study Concludes
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Is pay-for-performance overhyped? A study, published January 26 in BMJ (formerly, the British Medical Journal), suggests it is – - at least for one common condition. Researchers found that P4P does not offer any benefit to patients with hypertension, despite the enormous administrative costs required to maintain such a system.

“No matter how we looked at the numbers, the evidence was unmistakable; by no measure did pay-for-performance benefit patients with hypertension,” according to lead author Brian Serumaga, formerly of Harvard Medical School/Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, now of University of Nottingham Medical School.