Should Doctors be Accountable for Costs & Quality of Care?

A new survey conducted by the American Association for Physician Leadership and the Navigant Center for Healthcare Research and Policy Analysis, found that more than 69% of physician leaders agree that doctors should be held accountable for costs as well as quality of care. The comprehensive survey included 2,938 physicians and examined their attitudes toward healthcare reform, payment models, physician leadership competencies and the move from fee-for-service to value-based care delivery.

The survey found that 57% of respondents agree or strongly agree that accountable care organizations (ACOs) will be a permanent model for risk-sharing with payers. In addition, 63% of respondents disagree or strongly disagree that “the elimination of FFS (fee-for-service) incentives in favor of value-based payments will hurt the quality of care provided to patients.”

It is imperative that physicians provide transparency about their business dealings and 58% of respondents agreed that is a positive trend that could potentially reduce fraud. The results of the survey show that many physician leaders are increasingly willing and even enthusiastic to gain new tools as well as training to manage their expanded responsibilities. The next 2 reports will focus on key physician leadership competencies and perceptions of the transition from volume to value-based care. Insights from the survey will provide physician leaders with key competencies and skills necessary to deliver the highest quality of care to their patients. 

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