I was in Washington, DC, this week, and was able to meet with several senior leaders on the national health policy scene.
I talked, separately, with Glenn Hackbarth, chairman of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, with Mark McClellan, MD, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and with Alex Azar, the deputy secretary of Health and Human Services.
While Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath was top of mind for everyone, each of them was also very interested in talking about the emerging health policy headliner ? Pay for Performance.”
I believe P4P, as it is already known in DC circles, is going to be huge. It has the potential to transform, not only how we pay for health care services, but the health care delivery system itself.
Now back here in Chapel Hill, I am dealing with the practical, daily issues of how we position the UNC Health Care System to do well in an environment that rewards superior performance. P4P is not just some abstract notion of a few health policy wonks, it is a powerful kick in the butt for those of us trying to improve how we care for patients and their families.