Panel: Pay-for-performance unfairly penalizes those who treat poor patients

04/28/2014 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

A new report recommends major changes in the way health care providers are paid under quality-linked models, concluding that physicians and hospitals treating many poor people are unfairly penalized under the approaches. An expert panel commissioned by the Obama administration developed the report, which notes people with low incomes, limited health literacy and other issues have more trouble with adherence and follow-up care, affecting outcomes. The panel suggested comparing physicians and hospitals with peers treating a similar population as a possible compromise.

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