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Survey finds physician support for new payment models

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A survey of 500 physicians by Fidelity Investments and the National Business Group on Health (NBGH) found that while only 55 percent of respondents take part in an alternative-payment model now, some 80 percent would consider participating in the future.

The survey suggested that most physicians approve of the the shift away from fee for service. Only 41 percent of physicians surveyed  believed that fee for service was an optimal way to deliver positive patient outcomes. Among physicians under age 35 confidence in fee for service was only 28 percent,

The survey indicated that physicians rank “positive impact on patient health” as the top benefit of alternative payment models.

“At the end of the day, physician buy-in and support are crucial to the success of these new delivery models,” Brian Marcotte, president and CEO of NBGH, said. “We are asking physicians to change how they engage their patients, manage their practice and get paid. The right resources, technology and analytics have to be in place to help physicians make this transition to deliver on the promise of improved patient outcomes and lower costs.”

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