, Volume 25, Issue 2, pp 100-101
Date: 02 Dec 2009

Improving the Performance of Performance Measurement

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Performance measurement programs are increasingly being used to determine physician compensation and to inform consumer decisions about their health care.1,2 Although performance measurement and pay-for-performance programs3 hold great promise for improving quality, combating physician skepticism about the motivation for and accuracy of such programs is vital to their success.4,5 While physicians overwhelmingly believe that financial incentives should be given for high quality care, fewer than one-third think that current performance measures are accurate, and only slightly more feel that those responsible for designing quality measures will work to ensure their accuracy.6 It is understandable that in the era of evidence-based medicine, physicians expect rigorous statistical methods and approaches for performance measurement that are reproducible and robust. Thus, failure to design methodologically rigorous performance measurement programs may limit physician buy-in and hinder quality ...