Will the “Fixes” Fall Flat? Prospects for Quality Measures and Payment Incentives to Control Healthcare Spending

Payment systems in the US healthcare system have rewarded physicians for services and attempted to control healthcare spending, with rewards and penalties based upon projected goals for future spending. The incorporation of quality goals and alternatives to fee-for-service was introduced to replace the previous system of rewards and penalties. We...

Commentary on “Will the ‘Fixes’ Fall Flat? Prospects for Quality Measures and Payment Incentives to Control Healthcare Spending”

In this issue of the Southern Medical Journal, Hauswald and Sklar et al explore the evolution of Medicare payment policies and the challenges faced by the quality-aligned payment incentives.1 After 50 years of various manipulations to a fee-for-service system, the Medicare Access and Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act...

Association Between Energy Prices and US Hospital Patient Outcomes

Objective: To evaluate associations between changing energy prices and US hospital patient outcomes. Methods: Generalized estimating equations were used to analyze relationships between changes in energy prices and subsequent changes in hospital patient outcomes measures for the years 2008 through 2014. Patient outcomes measures included 30-day...

Self-Report Study of Predictors of Physician Wellness, Burnout, and Quality of Patient Care

Objective: The goal of this self-report study was to examine the relation of work variables, self-rated health and mental health status, and perceived social support to physician wellness, physician burnout, and quality of patient care. Methods: We administered a demographics questionnaire, the Physician Wellness Inventory, the Maslach Burnout...

See ME Differently

Editor’s Note: In November 2016 at the Southern Medical Association’s (SMA) Annual Scientific Assembly, Randy Glick, SMA’s Executive Director, introduced the organization’s vision to “See ME Differently.” The following perspective details some of the shifts in the continuing medical education landscape and how the SMA is embracing the...