Revising Medicare's physician fee schedule - Much activity, little change
Medicare pays physicians through a fee schedule based on a resource-based relative-value scale, but keeping the relative values present requires a process that would reflect changes in medical practice and trends in physician productivity. However, Medicare's updates have not accomplished much in the 15 years since the system was implemented and the agenda for improving the method of paying physicians must be broader than the just the development of more accurate relative values.
Publication Name: The New England Journal of Medicine
A pay-for-population health performance system
A report released by the Institute of Medicine has recommended Medicare to start pay-for-performance strategy to foster comprehensive and system-wide improvements in the quality of health care. The challenges faced by pay-for-performance strategy and the potential for improving the health of the US population are discussed.
Publication Name: JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association
- Abstracts: Looming shortage of physicians raises concerns about access to care. Perceptions of medical school deans and state medical society executives about physician supply
- Abstracts: Plan B, reproductive rights and physician activism. Incontinence and the duty to provide care
- Abstracts: The keyboard is key. Physicians surveyed about health plans
- Abstracts: It's time for medicine's family to stop the bickering. 'Linguistic resistance' can put a face on medicine