Report Examines How Pay-For-Performance Programs Could Negatively Affect Racial Health Disparities
"Will Pay-for-Performance and Quality Reporting Affect Health Care Disparities?" Health Affairs: In a Health Affairs Web exclusive, Lawrence Casalino, an assistant professor of health studies at the University of Chicago, and Arthur Elster, director of the medicine and public health division at the American Medical Association, discuss how pay-for-performance and quality-reporting programs can unintentionally exacerbate racial and ethnic health disparities if they are not designed with attention to these issues. The authors describe how these programs could lead to increased disparities, and they suggest ways to prevent adding to disparities and, in some cases, how to reduce them (Casalino/Elster, Health Affairs, 4/10).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.