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Quality must be defined to establish pay-for-performance success
This article is part of the Pulse issue of March 2014
This is the second part of a series on accountable care organizations (ACOs). The first part covered why failing to establish quality metrics could stop the development of accountable care in its early stages. Here we cover how providers are preparing themselves for pay-for-performance programs. Pay-for-performance programs are still developing and some physicians feel getting started with performance measurement now is more valuable than waiting for quality metrics to be perfected. "It's very important to have measurement drive us in the right direction," said Anita Ung, M.D., medical director for quality improvement and quality measurement at Atrius Health. "If the only thing that's measured is dollars, it's really easy to skimp on quality." If the only thing that's measured is dollars, it's really easy to skimp on quality. Anita Ung, M.D., Atrius Health Atrius Health is a Massachusetts-based network of physician offices that participates in several quality programs, including the Medicare Pioneer program and Blue Cross Blue ...
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