Thursday, February 10, 2011

Performance-Based Payment Incentives May Harm Nursing Conditions

Highly touted as a way in which to improve patient outcomes, pay-for-performance incentives have been gaining steam in hospitals nationwide. However, as reported on, a recent study published in Health Affairs suggests that linking reimbursement to quality of care goals could undermine the nursing workforce and shake up the nursing practice environment. The study, conducted by Ellen Kurtzman, RN, MPH, FAAN, assistant research professor in the GW School of Nursing, suggests that while payment incentives do have favorable effects on patient outcomes, they have little to no positive effect on nurse staffing and turnover rates.

Click here to read the article.

Click here to directly access the study, login credentials are necessary to access Health Affairs articles.

No comments:

Post a Comment