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Blog: Incentives for quality a challenge for ACOs
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Pediatricians in an accountable care organizations who received small incentives to improve quality did so, but not as significantly as doctors employed by a hospital, a new study found.

Results suggest pay-for-performance can work, but not to the degree hoped for by payers increasingly seeking to tie payment to performance. It also shows more work is needed to identify the best design for incentives.

The results, published online by JAMA Pediatrics, examined quality performance across three physician groups, including one group of community doctors who were offered about $40 per patient to meet targets for well-care visits, immunizations, lead screening and other quality measures. Researchers also looked at community doctors who received no incentive and a third group of doctors employed by a hospital who also had no incentives.