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Medicare pay-for-performance must be voluntary and not punitive
MedPAC wants the federal government to withhold up to 2% of physicians' reimbursement to create a reward pool for high performers.
Members of Congress are receiving some conflicting advice on pay-for-performance from the nation's physicians and the advisory panel tasked with making Medicare payment recommendations.
The American Medical Association recently unveiled a set of principles that it will use to assess any program that pays doctors differently based on their performance. To garner the Association's support, the programs must focus on quality improvement, allow physicians to opt out and use payment incentives, rather than penalties....