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States adopt incentives for Medicaid programs

The first published nationwide survey of pay-for-performance (P4P) practices in state Medicaid programs reveals that more than half offer financial incentives to healthcare providers for higher-quality care. Kathryn Kuhmerker, MBA, president of The Kuhmerker Consulting Group, LLC, in Niskayuna, NY, and former Medicaid director for New York, and Thomas Hartman, vice president for healthcare quality improvement for IPRO, a health-care quality assessment and improvement organization based in Lake Success, NY, found that Medicaid programs in nine states (Arizona, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington) are joining statewide and regional P4P and quality improvement efforts, and other states are considering similar collaborations.