PHYSICIANS: Remember, it’s a FFS world

Remember kids, almost all physicians work in a FFS world. HSC reminds us:

While the proportion of physicians in group practice whose compensation is based in part on quality measures increased from 17.6 percent in 2000-01 to 20.2 percent in 2004-05, far more physicians face financial incentives tied to individual productivity, according to a national study released today by the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC).

Despite the small but statistically significant increase in quality-related physician compensation, financial incentives tied to physicians’ individual productivity continued to be much more common, consistently affecting about 70 percent of physicians in non-solo practice since 1996-97, the study found. Nevertheless, nearly all physicians with quality incentives also face productivity incentives.

So don’t be surprised about what’s happening.

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