Value-Based Pay Uncommon but Increasing

WASHINGTON -- Value-based payments accounted for 10.9% of all commercial, in-network payments to physicians and hospitals in 2012, up from an estimated 1% to 3% in 2010, a national survey found.

Looking only at physician payments for outpatient services -- for both primary care and specialists -- 6% were value-based, the Catalyst for Payment Reform, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that advocates for better value in healthcare, reported Tuesday.

However, nearly double the percentage, 11%, of all payments to hospitals were value-based, the group's National Scorecard on Payment Reform found.

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