General Internists' Views on Pay-for-Performance and Public Reporting of Quality Scores

Very little is known about rank-and-file physicians' views on pay-for-performance (P4P) and public reporting. In a national survey of general internists, we found strong potential support for financial incentives for quality, but less support for public reporting. Large majorities of respondents stated that these programs will result in physicians' avoiding high-risk patients and will divert attention from important types of care for which quality is not measured. Public and private policy-makers might avoid a physician backlash and better succeed at improving health care quality if they consider these concerns when designing P4P and public reporting programs.