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Mike Mitka, MSJ
JAMA. 2013;309(6):535. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.468.
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To make appropriate payments to physicians and improve quality and efficiency, the Medicare program should consider adopting certain private insurance practices, reported the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

The GAO report, released December 26, identified common themes among private insurers that might be used by Medicare. These include a focus on physician groups rather than individual physicians, standardized performance measurement, absolute performance and improvement targets, and timely distribution of incentive pay.

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