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Sylvia Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services, recently announced the department’s intention to tie most Medicare fee-for-service payments to value by 2018.1 Most commercial insurers already incentivize quality to some degree and encourage beneficiaries to consider quality and cost.2,3 Having payers aim for value should improve health system performance, certainly when compared with traditional incentives for the volume of services, which have failed to deliver the kind of care that is possible.4
Lynn J, McKethan A, Jha AK. Value-Based Payments Require Valuing What Matters to Patients. JAMA. 2015;314(14):1445–1446. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.8909
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