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Linking Performance With Payment:  Implementing the Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier

Jordan M. VanLare, AB; Jonathan D. Blum, MPP; Patrick H. Conway, MD, MSc
JAMA. 2012;308(20):2089-2090. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.14834.
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Physicians are leaders of patient care teams and decision makers for system-based investments that facilitate quality improvement. The National Quality Strategy established 3 aims of improving health, improving health care, and reducing cost.1 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS’s) value-based purchasing (VBP) programs create incentives for physicians to pursue these aims and to reward value more so than volume.2 Physicians' leadership role in the health system makes incorporating physicians into the VBP portfolio critical to realizing the potential of these programs.

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