California's workers' compensation group health program is suitable for three models of a pay-for-performance initiative that include agreed on performance measures, expandable data-collection infrastructure, and incentives in order to ensure physician buy-in.
High levels of unmet need persist for children with special health care needs in the face of substantial resources that have been committed to improving their care, including the integration of behavioral health into Medicaid managed care.
Finds a negative association between nonprice competition and quality of care in managed care plans in the New York SCHIP market. Pricing policy is likely a constraint on quality production, though it may not be interpreted as a causal relationship.
Uses the Consumer Assessments of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey to examine the experiences of Hispanics enrolled in Medicare managed care. Hispanics face barriers to care; however, their experiences with care vary by language and region.
Presents the results of a targeted national effort to identify pay-for-performance programs in behavioral health. Many programs struggled to obtain accurate data on quality and outcomes of care, and public reporting of results was not widespread.
Most breast cancer care providers in Los Angeles County outside of staff- or group-model HMOs are not subject to explicit financial incentives based on quality-of-care measures. New approaches are needed to direct incentives toward these specialists.
Hispanics report health care that is similar to or less positive than for non-Hispanic whites, yet have more positive ratings of care. Higher Hispanic ratings may be partially attributed to differences in response style rather than superior care.
Medicare beneficiaries who died while enrolled in independent practice association model HMOs, including the Kaiser model, had many fewer hospital days during the two years before death than beneficiaries who died with fee-for-service coverage.
Examines financial implications of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Hierarchical Condition Categories risk-adjustment model on Medicare payments for individuals with comorbid chronic conditions. Some payments were underpredicted.
This Policy Insight examines the pros and cons of explicit pay-for-performance schemes for federal civil servants compared with seniority-based salary systems, as well as the proposals to change the General Schedule system.
The intent of parity regulation is to equalize private insurance coverage for mental and physical illness (an equity concern) and to eliminate wasteful forms of competition due to adverse selection (an efficiency concern). In 2001, a presidential directive requiring comprehensive parity was implemented in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program. In this study, the authors examine how health plans responded to the parity directive.
The RAND Corporation and Health Dialog Services Corporation announced an alliance that will entitle Health Dialog to exclusive, worldwide rights to integrate select RAND quality measures into its existing provider performance measurement tools and care management services.