Payment Incentives Can Boost Care, but Long-Term Strategies Needed Acording to a new JAMA Study

Financial incentives can encourage physicians to provide higher quality care to their patients, but the additional money might not be enough to significantly improve care over the long term, according to a study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Los Angeles Times‘ “Science Now” reports.

The study found that the individual incentives — $2,672 per doctor on average — helped spur a significant change in the physicians’ performance. Meanwhile, group payments — $1,648 on average — and combined group and individual payments — $4,270 on average — did not lead to significant changes in performance (Evans, Modern Healthcare, 9/11).

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