October 10th, 2011

Volume-based UPMC, West Penn look into performance models

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Western Pennsylvania's two largest hospital networks pay doctors based on the number of patients they treat -- and they want to add bonuses tied to quality…Administrators at Geisinger and Mayo said the salary model does not tempt doctors to order more tests, schedule more appointments or operate on patients who could be better off without a surgery. Dr. Denis Cortese, emeritus president and CEO of the Mayo Clinic, said that means paying doctors to care for a group of patients rather than giving them more money only when they see a patient or order a test.

Pittsburgh Tribune, Luis Fabregas, 10/10/11

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