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Using structured incentives to increase value for money in an academic health sciences centre.

Hébert, Guy J; Colasante, Connie; Ilse, Renate G; Forster, Alan J.
Healthc Manage Forum ; 30(4): 187-189, 2017 Jul.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28929875
As healthcare continues to consume more and more of provincial government spending, there is a continuing pressure to improve efficiency and cut overall costs. In this increasingly constrained healthcare system, value for money is a growing focus of discussions around accountability and system sustainability; healthcare leaders are required to find ways of measuring, enforcing, and reporting on that value. In 2014, our organization began implementing an innovative system of structured incentives, linking distribution of Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care academic physician funding to quality and performance goals. Through a carefully planned process of benchmarking, stakeholder consultation, model improvement, and change management, we were able to move to a new value for money allocation model. The new model drives accountability by linking distribution of government payments to quality and performance outcomes. Initial results include increased stakeholder satisfaction as well as broader physician engagement in corporate and academic quality improvement initiatives.