Editor's Audio Summary by Jeanette M. Smith, MD, Associate Editor, the Journal of the American Medical Association, for the September 11, 2013 issue
Dr Mathurin and coauthors determined whether the addition of pentoxifylline to prednisolone is more effective than prednisolone alone in 270 patients with severe alcoholic hepatitis. In an accompanying editorial, Drs Halegoua-De Marzio and Fenkel discuss the efficacy of the use of pentoxifylline.
To investigate the effect of financial incentives to reward guideline-recommended hypertension
care, Petersen and coauthors performed a cluster randomized trial of 12 Veterans Affairs
hospital-based outpatient clinics with incentives paid at the physician level, practice level, and
both. In an Editorial, Dolor and Schulman discuss the role of pay for performance in the
transformation of clinical care.
Bardach and coauthors assess the effect of a pay-for-performance (P4P) incentives on quality in 84 electronic health record (EHR)–enabled small practices in New York City in the context of an established quality improvement initiative. In an Editorial, Dolor and Schulman discuss the role of financial incentives within primary care practices.
Reed and coauthors used data from an integrated delivery system to examine the association between a commercially available outpatient electronic health record (EHR) and emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and office visits for patients with diabetes.