Woodruff J. English, MD
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English W.; Rewarding Provider Performance: Aligning Incentives in Medicare. Ann Intern Med. 2008;148:636. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-148-8-200804150-00028
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2008;148(8):636.
Rewarding Provider Performance: Aligning Incentives in Medicare
Institute of Medicine. 272 pages. Washington, DC: National Academies Pr; 2007. $39.56. ISBN 9780309102162. Order at http://www.nap.edu.
Field of medicine: Health system management.
Format: Hardcover book.
Audience: Strategic planners and medical group leaders.
Purpose: To offer strategies for improving health care.
Content: This book explores how changing Medicare payments could drive system improvements to achieve more desirable results in clinical quality, patient-centered care, and efficiency. We deliver extraordinarily good care in a broken system that does not live up to our expectations. It is plagued by medical errors of omission and commission, widespread dissatisfaction, waste, and high cost. As Paul Bataldan notes, “every system is perfectly designed to achieve the results that it gets.” This book is a timely compendium of strategic options in the form of 10 recommendations offered to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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