Good, better, best? A comprehensive comparison of healthcare providers’ performance: An application to physiotherapy practices in primary care

Sander Steenhuis*, Niels Groeneweg, Xander Koolman, France Portrait

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Abstract

Most payment methods in healthcare stimulate volume-driven care, rather than value-driven care. Value-based payment methods such as Pay-For-Performance have the potential to reduce costs and improve quality of care. Ideally, outcome indicators are used in the assessment of providers’ performance. The aim of this paper is to describe the feasibility of assessing and comparing the performances of providers using a comprehensive set of quality and cost data. We had access to unique and extensive datasets containing individual data on PROMs, PREMs and costs of physiotherapy practices in Dutch primary care. We merged these datasets at the patient-level and compared the performances of these practices using case-mix corrected linear regression models. Several significant differences in performance were detected between practices. These results can be used by both physiotherapists, to improve treatment given, and insurers to support their purchasing decisions. The study demonstrates that it is feasible to compare the performance of providers using PROMs and PREMs. However, it would take an extra effort to increase usefulness and it remains unclear under which conditions this effort is cost-effective. Healthcare providers need to be aware of the added value of registering outcomes to improve their quality. Insurers need to facilitate this by designing value-based contracts with the right incentives. Only then can payment methods contribute to value-based healthcare and increase value for patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1225-1232
Number of pages8
JournalHealth Policy
Volume121
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017

Keywords

  • Healthcare providers’ performance
  • Outcome indicators
  • Patient experience
  • Physiotherapy care
  • Quality of care measurement
  • Value-based payment

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