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MGMA: Physician Compensation Increasingly Based on Quality Measures

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 14, 2013

Actually, Evenson says the survey is low-balling the extent of quality measures in compensation packages for some healthcare organizations.

"Clearly there are some groups that are much more dynamic in the way they have been able to apply that. It's not uncommon in the industry and in many of the large organizations or health systems for that number to be somewhat higher. I have talked to many colleagues in the industry and figures anywhere from 10% to 30% aren't that uncommon for those larger institutions," Evenson says.

"As we look toward large healthcare institutions, the likelihood that they have decoupled compensation from collections is very high. And as a function of that in order to promote the behaviors around quality and satisfaction that they would like to see they want to incentivize their physicians in the appropriate ways to compensate them for those behaviors or activities. But overall, when we are looking at smaller organizations or medium-sized organizations then it is much more likely that there is that direct linkage."

Evenson says it's not necessarily a bad idea for some healthcare organizations to wait and watch before launching a quality component in their compensation packages.

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