As debate about national health care reform heats up across the country, policymakers are debating potential changes to physician-compensation models.
Currently, most physicians receive payment on a fee-for-service model based on the treatments and procedures they provide.
However, health systems such as Kaiser Permanente offer physicians set salaries and incentives for providing preventive care.
In a California Healthline Special Report by Deirdre Kennedy, experts discussed the benefits and drawbacks of various physician-compensation models.
The Special Report includes comments from:
- Jack Chou, president-elect of the California Academy of Family Physicians;
- Mark Hall, professor of law and public health at Wake Forest University;
- Robert Pearl, CEO and executive director of the Kaiser Permanente Medical Group in Northern California; and
- James Rohack, president of the American Medical Association.
Experts say the Obama administration is looking to Kaiser Permanente as an example for how salary-based physician-payment models can lower medical costs while improving patient care (Kennedy, California Healthline, 8/19).