Volume 15 - Issue 4 - April 2007

Pay for performance is scheduled to begin this July. This proposed mechanism of quality improvement has been extensively editorialized in the medical and lay literature, and its effects have been studied. Rosenthal and colleagues studied cervical cancer screening, mammography, and hemoglobin A1c testing as measures of clinical quality with pay for performance using administrative reports of physician group quality from a large health plan for an intervention group (California physician groups) and a comparison group (Pacific Northwest physician groups).1 P4P Study Findings