Quality metrics are unproven. They are a moving target. They are what’s wrong with medicine yet “physician groups are increasingly incorporating quality metrics into their internal reimbursement structure, according to an article published Nov. 25 in Medical Economics.” Incredible. It turns out that primary care physicians generated 3 percent of their total compensation last year based on quality measures (patient satisfaction, quality of care, and cost containment), while performance-based data were tied to 2 percent of total compensation for specialists. This will only get worse. My New Year’s wish is that PCPs grow some balls and fight back against this crap. They will but not for another five years when it is too late.
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