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Retsef Levi and colleagues are helping to create a medical system focused on improving patient outcomes.
“You cannot change performance just by changing your pay structure,” Levi contends. “You need to design for performance, and then follow up with appropriate incentives.”
Research from MIT Sloan professor links quality to lower readmissions, mortality rates.
During the heated debates over health care spending, there are often calls to “pay for quality” rather than paying for every service provided. Medicare, for example, is starting down the road of tying hospital quality scores to reimbursements. Some in the health care industry say this is unfair, as a score alone does not account for the many factors that impact patient outcomes.