Physician-level financial incentives resulted in greater blood pressure control or response to uncontrolled blood pressure. To understand the factors that contributed to these results, further study is needed to test how incentives promote quality care in the clinical setting.
About the Study:
Eighty-three physicians and 42 nonphysician personnel from 12 hospital-based primary care clinics were included representing five Veterans Affairs Networks. The four-month performance baseline period began in August 2007. Beginning in April 2008, study participants received up to five payments at the end of four consecutive four-month periods. Data was then collected during a four-month washout period (May through August 2011).