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011213 Hospital Physician Pay

011213 Hospital Physician Pay

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Published by: Richard Kuehn on Jan 13, 2013
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Monterey, CA At Least One State Moves To Tie Physician's Pay To Quality Of Care : View From A Private Duty Caregiver

Serving Carmel, Carmel Valley, Gilroy, Gonzalez, Greenfield, Hollister, King City, Marina, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Salinas, San Juan Bautista, Seaside And Soledad California New York became the first state in the nation to tie the pay of physicians who work at public hospitals to the quality of care that they provide, not volume. This is a ground breaking move because, as I have written about many times on my blog, many doctors have been forced to sell their practices to large medical groups owned by hospitals. Subsequent to doing so, many of these doctors have complained that they have been forced to order unneeded tests and refer patients to doctors affiliated with the hospital in order to boost revenue. In other words, the hospital, not the patient, comes first. In New York, the new rules would tie the raises of doctors to quality measures which are already being tracked under President Obama's health care reform rules (the Affordable Care Act). Bonuses of up to $59 million which will be distributed to doctors over the next three years would be given to physicians as a group at each hospital, rather than individual physicians. These could be allocated based on the quality of care provided by each physician. Los Angeles County, which has the nation’s second-largest public health system after New York, does not have such a plan, said Dr. Anish Mahajan, director of system planning for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. “What an intriguing idea,” Dr. Mahajan said. “That’s something we would hold out as a potential thing we do in the future.” Personally, I hope this concept spreads throughout the country, it sounds like a great idea. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/12/nyregion/new-york-city-hospitals-to-tie-doctors-performance-pay-toquality-measures.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130112&_r=0

About Richard Kuehn & Family inHome Caregiving: After more than a decade of caregiving, both in a professional environment and for a 97 year old family member I was dissatisfied with service from local caregiving agencies. I became convinced of the need for a service which provides very personal assistance to elderly and founded Family inHome Caregiving serving the Monterey Peninsula. Please visit my blog where I talk about important senior issues at: http://www.familyinhomecaregiving.com/Blog

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