On Friday FierceHealthcare ran a report about a pilot pay for performance program conducted by CMS. The program suggests that the use of evidence-based care is effective for many common conditions, increasing the odds that the federal government will push forward with P4P rules that rival private sector efforts. Russell King, president and executive director of the Wisconsin Homecare Organization, had some interesting feedback on the CMS's P4P study. "I had to laugh when I read that the CMS study on P4P produced "positive results." I would have bet the mortgage on "positive results," because I've seen this year after year, at both state and federal levels. When the government wants to do something, they produce studies that show it will work. It's remarkable how what they want to do never fails those initial tests."
For more on Russell King's remarks:
- read this letter
Positive results for Medicare P4P pilot. Report
Is P4P focusing on the right things? Report
How to make P4P work. Interview