Should Fee-for-service Reimbursement Be Eliminated?

August 8, 2013

Most physicians don’t support a shift away from the fee-for-service model. Do you agree? Or is bundled payments and incentives the path forward?

Most physicians don’t support a shift away from the fee-for-service model. They aren’t fans of bundled payments, and don’t want to take steps to add incentives in the system.

That’s according to a recent Journal of the American Medical Association survey. This is the same survey that found that physicians think others in the industry - trial lawyers, insurance companies, hospitals, device manufacturers and patients - bear a greater burden for lowering healthcare costs.

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  • 70 percent said they were not in support of eliminating fee-for-service;
  • 65 percent said they opposed bundled payments; and
  • 59 percent said they opposed penalties to providers for avoidable hospital readmissions.

Do you agree? Are you opposed to the shift away from fee-for-service? Or is bundled payments the ideal path forward?

Please tell us what you think in the comments field below.