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November 28, 2012

Linking Performance With Payment: Implementing the Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, US Department of Health and Human Services, Woodlawn, Maryland (Messrs VanLare and Blum and Dr Conway); Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, New York (Mr VanLare); and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio (Dr Conway).

JAMA. 2012;308(20):2089-2090. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.14834

Physicians are leaders of patient care teams and decision makers for system-based investments that facilitate quality improvement. The National Quality Strategy established 3 aims of improving health, improving health care, and reducing cost.1 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS’s) value-based purchasing (VBP) programs create incentives for physicians to pursue these aims and to reward value more so than volume.2 Physicians' leadership role in the health system makes incorporating physicians into the VBP portfolio critical to realizing the potential of these programs.