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Reforming Health Care: Fifth Brief in New Series Looks at Financial Incentives for Providers and Consumers

Media Advisory: May 25, 2010

Contact: Amy Berridge, (609) 945-3378

Show them the money. Health reform will emphasize financial incentives for providers and consumers to promote the use of effective health services and discourage use of marginally effective or inappropriate services. The fifth brief in a new series from Mathematica looks at evidence on the impacts of these financial incentives and draws lessons for policymakers.

The process of health care reform will require ongoing, creative thinking and vigorous dialogue among all stakeholders on important issues. Mathematica’s new series is intended to help policymakers understand the research base for the critical choices they will make in implementing the federal health reform law.

Forthcoming topics will include medical homes, provider payment reform, and other topics. To access all the titles in this series, click here.

"Financial Incentives for Health Care Providers and Consumers"
Jill Bernstein, Deborah Chollet, and Stephanie Peterson

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