My erstwhile colleagues at FierceHealthcare have an interview up with Dr. Michael Belman, staff VP and Medical Director, Blue Cross of California. It’s a pretty good introduction, for those of you who don’t know much about it, to the P4P program in California.

On the other hand they never asked him what kind of wonderful results that Wellpoint got from dumping $40m worth of computers onto the doctors of America without any metrics or intent to actually make them integrate said computers into their workflow. (I suspect eBay got some sellers’ commissions out of it, though). Nor did they ask whether paying for performance includes paying bonuses to their underwriting staff to find ways to cancel members’ policies retroactively.

Oh well, perhaps that’ll be in the next interview!

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