Pandya, A., Doran, T., Zhu, J., et al. Modelling the cost-effectiveness of pay for performance in primary care in the UK. BMC Medicine 16(1): 135, 2018 09 29. Compared to stopping the Quality Outcomes Framework (QOF) and returnign all associated incentive payments to the National Health Service, continuing the QQOF is not cost-effective. To improve population health efficiently, the UK should redesign the QOF or pursuue alternative interventions.
Timka, T., Nyce, JM., Amer-Wahlin, I. (2018) Value-based reimbursement in collectively financed healthcare requires monitoring of socioeconomic patient data to maintain equality in service provision. Journal of General Internal Medicine September 11th. Value-based purchasing is increasingly discussed in association with efforts to develop modern healthcare systems. These models are hte most recent example of models derived frmo health economics research intended to reform collectively financed healthcare. Previous examples have ranged from creation of pseudo-marjets to opening these markets for competition between publicly and privately owned enterprises. Most value-based purchasing models tend to ignore that health service provision in collectively financed settings is based on an insurance with political, social obligations attached that challenge the notion of free market and individualist premises which these models rest on. Central social issues related to healthcare in any modern complex society, such as inequality in service provision, can all too easily "disappear" in value-based reform efforts. Based on an analysis of Swedish policy development, the authors content that managemnet information systems need to be extended to allow routine monitoring of socioeconomic data when models such as value-based purchasing are introduced in collectively financed health services. The experiences from Sweden are important for health policy in Europe and other regions with collectively financed healthcare plans.