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Book and Media Reviews
December 26, 2012

Pay for Performance in Health Care: Methods and Approaches

JAMA. 2012;308(24):2626-2627. doi:10.1001/jama.308.24.2626-b

This book offers a rigorous summary and analysis of the theory and practice of pay for performance (P4P) in health care. The editors address many issues about P4P, including theoretical perspectives on the concept, alternative models for implementing it, evidence about the effects of P4P on the cost and quality of health care, and recommendations for the second generation of these programs. The contents of the book will be familiar to many clinicians, managers, and health services researchers who have experienced or studied P4P models.