Doctors' Pay Will Be Linked to Quality in Historic U.S. Overhaul of Medical Billing 

January 26, 2015 6:17 PM

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Doctors' Pay Will Be Linked to Quality in Historic U.S. Overhaul of Medical Billing 

The Obama administration will make historic changes to how the U.S. pays its annual $3 trillion health-care bill, aiming to curtail a costly habit of paying doctors and hospitals without regard to quality or effectiveness.

Starting next year Medicare, which covers about 50 million elderly and disabled Americans, will base 30 percent of payments on how well health providers care for patients, some of which will put them at financial risk based on the quality they deliver. By 2018, the goal is to put half of payments un...

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