HHS Mulls Mandatory Doctor Pay Based on Overall Patient Health

June 2, 2021, 9:11 PM

The only way to transform the U.S. health-care system to reward doctors and hospitals for positive patient outcomes may be to mandate it, a top health official said Wednesday.

“Our health system can’t resist the siren song of the status quo,” said Liz Fowler, director of the Department of Health and Human Services’ health innovation center. Making doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies uncomfortable in traditional Medicare might be the only way to push actual change.

It’s too “comfortable to remain” in Medicare fee-for-service, said Fowler, speaking at a National Academy of Medicine event. She was referring to the traditional Medicare ...

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