Dr. Torcson believes this program is simply a first step on that road. “We’re in the infancy of pay-for-performance models for physician reimbursement,” he says. “I think the ultimate model for physician-level value-based purchasing is going to look a lot different than the proposed CMS payment for reporting and payment for performance.”
In the immediate future, the PPC and PSTF will continue to participate in formulating the final quality measures for the CMS voluntary reporting program. Watch the SHM Web site for updates on the status of the program. TH
Jane Jerrard writes “Public Policy” for The Hospitalist.