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JAMA study suggests money alone may not be enough to improve performance, reduce costs
Modern Healthcare

One goal of health reform, among many, is to break the industry’s dependence on incentives for hospitals and doctors to do a high volume of business. Incentives for volume invite wasteful spending, of course, and also can be harmful if patients receive unnecessary care as a result. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is testing new incentives that attempt to reward hospitals and doctors for controlling costs without compromising quality. But getting them right is tricky, and that challenge is on display in new research published in Journal of the American Medical Association.