Researchers Find that Physicians Provide the Same Level of Care Even After Their Compensation Method Changes

Research on the impact of physician compensation mechanisms on the process of care

In this 1998–2001 project, Terry S. Field, DSc, and researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, Mass., evaluated how a change in physicians' compensation method in the Fallon Healthcare System correlated with the provision of care for hypertension, diabetes mellitus and congestive heart failure.

This project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) national program Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO).

Key Findings

  • Researchers reported the following in a Findings Brief:

    • Physicians made little change to their patient care-related behavior after the change in compensation arrangements.
    • Measures of patient outcomes were inconsistent over the study period.