Tuesday, February 22, 2011

So how did that P4P thing work out in Great Britain?

If you want to know the answer to that headline question, go here to Dr. Doug Perednia masterful analysis of a large study of how P4p worked out in Britain's NHS. The bottom line was that P4P had no useful effect at all.None.

If the so-called thought leaders and powers that be in such organizations as AMA and ACP and others supported ( continue to support?) P4P because of a belief that patient care would improve they should now take a strong stand against such programs. P4P does not work.

Implicit in P4P program is the concept of target goals. Goodhart's Law stands the test of time and logic. When a measure ( as in a purported measure of "quality") becomes a target it looses its value as a measure.

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