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Survey Finds MA Doctors ‘Hesitant’ On Payment Reform, Particularly Specialists

For the past 10 years, a random selection of Massachusetts doctors have been surveyed on how they’re feeling about certain aspects of their profession. This year, for the first time, they were asked about new payment models and health care delivery strategies.

More than 1,070 practicing physicians responded, and here, according the 2011 Massachusetts Medical Society Annual Physician Workforce Survey, is what they said:

On Payment Reform

Overall, doctors (not exactly the folks most likely to embrace radical change) had mixed views on global payments and accountable care organizations. “Hesitant to participate” is how their reaction is characterized in the press release. Specifically, the survey found:

Familiarity with global payments is high, with 57 percent of physicians saying they were familiar with the concept.

–Of all respondents, 42 percent said they were likely, and 58 percent said they were not likely to participate in a voluntary global payment system.

–Of those respondents who said they were familiar, 45 percent said they are likely to participate in a voluntary global payment system; 55 percent said they were not likely.

Primary care physicians (61.4%) are more likely to participate in a voluntary global payment system than specialists (32.2%). Continue reading