Reform Update: Some Question the Value of Value-Based Purchasing

Next year, U.S. healthcare providers will be subject to Medicare penalties if they do not meet up to 26 measures for value-based purchasing.

Next year, U.S. healthcare providers will be subject to Medicare penalties if they do not meet up to 26 measures for value-based purchasing. As physicians wait to see if their payments will be docked or boosted based on how they rank, health policy researchers are continuing to raise questions about how the program works.

The methodology the CMS adopted may lead to distorted comparisons, perverse incentives and may not achieve the desired goals, they warn.

Value-based purchasing is part of the quality incentive program established through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to help drive down costs while promoting high-quality care for Medicare beneficiaries.

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Source: Modern Healthcare