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Medicare Payment Reforms Spark Calls for Sweeter Incentives
HealthLeaders Media

Today, more than half of Medicare payments are linked to quality measures, such as those that depend on performance in the value-based purchasing and readmissions programs, or in innovative structure like the four bundled payment models and ACOs.

But the Obama Administration’s pledge Monday to raise that level to 85% by 2016 and to 90% by 2018—and from 20% to 30% for payments made to providers participating in accountable care and bundled payment models—may be an impossible goal. At least without some major changes to the rules, several healthcare analysts say.