W. Pete Welch

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OBJECTIVE To assess the impact of the electronic health record (EHR) on cost (i.e., payments to providers) and process measures of quality of care. STUDY DESIGN Retrospective before-after-study-control. From the database of a large managed care organization (MCO), we obtained the claims of patients from four community physician practices that implemented(More)
Although Canada and the United States have fundamentally different systems for financing health care, there are many similarities between the two countries in their approaches to physician payment. The similarities have increased recently with the adoption of the Medicare fee schedule. Canadian provinces have been using fee schedules for more than 20 years.(More)
In this article, the risk arrangements in Medicaid programs that put physicians at risk are summarized. These programs--partial capitation and health insuring organizations--pay physicians a capitation amount to cover some or all physician services. Physicians also receive part of the savings from reduced hospitalization. Most of these programs have(More)
Adjusted for differences in purchasing power and practice expenses, Canadian physician fees are, on average, 59 percent of Medicare fees. The general perception that Medicare fees are low is the result of comparison with U.S. private fees, not to the much lower Canadian fees. In the context of the current U.S. health care system, lowering Medicare fees to(More)
To control Medicare physician payments, Congress in 1989 established volume performance standards (VPS) that tie future physician fee increases to the growth in expenditures per beneficiary. The VPS risk pool is nationwide, and many observers believe it is too large to affect behavior. VPS could be modified by defining a separate risk pool for inpatient(More)
The payment received by a health maintenance organization (HMO) for its Medicare enrollees is proportionate to the average cost of Medicare beneficiaries in that county. However, HMO market share in an area appears to decrease costs in the fee-for-service sector, so that HMOs are paid less. For this and other reasons, alternative payment formulas may be(More)
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