Pay for performance helps substance treatment but not remissions

Pay for performance triggers improved treatment for adolescents with substance abuse, but there wasn't any significant difference in remission rates, according to a study in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.  Researchers concluded that pay for performance still is an effective incentive payment method. "[O]ffering monetary bonuses directly to therapists had a large effect on increasing their demonstration of monthly competency in implementing treatment procedures with patients and the delivery of a predefined threshold level of treatment to adolescent patients," researchers said. Announcement