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ATS endorses pay-for-performance for pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine
Date:3/24/2010

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The ATS has released an official policy statement of pay-for-performance (P4P) in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine. In the statement, the Society encourages clinicians in these fields to participate in P4P programs and views them as an opportunity to partner with healthcare payors, accrediting organizations, governmental oversight groups and others to improve quality, rather than as a threat to autonomy and independence.

The statement appears in the April 1 issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

"The ATS endorses P4P when such programs explicitly link reimbursement to the quality of healthcare provided," said former ATS President John E. Heffner, M.D., who co-chaired the writing committee that produced the statement with Jeremy M. Kahn, M.D., M.Sc., who is assistant professor of medicine and epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania. "Programs provide a promise. If appropriat
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American Thoracic Society
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