Half of health execs use patient satisfaction as physician incentive

With quality performance tied to hospital reimbursements and revenue, leaders are using those same scores to decide how to pay their physicians. Fifty-seven percent of healthcare executives and clinical leaders use quality metrics as an incentive for physician compensation, with 50 percent now using patient satisfaction as incentives, according to a HealthLeaders Media report released last week. Sixty-five percent of those leaders surveyed said they anticipate physician compensation will remain relatively flat with increases of 1 to 4 percent. Many of them (59 percent) said healthcare reform was a deciding factor in how physician compensation was structured, FierceHealthcare reports. --Read the full report from FierceHealthcare