SPOTLIGHT: Physician bonuses more closely linked to performance

Performance-based bonuses are becoming more common, according to Hay Group's 2010 Physician Compensation Survey. In 2009, nearly all group-based organizations (92 percent) offered bonuses, also known as incentive plans, to their physicians, up from 75 percent in 2009, FierceHealthcare reports. Sixty-three percent of hospitals are offering physician incentive plans, compared with slightly more than half in 2009. But the share of integrated health systems offering physician incentive plans stayed flat at 67 percent. The incentive plans are becoming more tightly tied to performance metrics--a sure sign pay-for-performance is taking off. FierceHealthcare

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