Poll of the Week – Do Positive Incentives Work?

February 14, 2012

Physicians Practice recently asked physicians whether they believe positive incentives for patients really work.

“The idea of positive incentives and preventive efforts by physicians, which seems to be catching on, is wonderful in theory: Not only do preventive services supposedly prevent adverse events, but they also save money in the long run by keeping patients from receiving costly medical care to treat patient-induced illnesses,” Practice Notes blogger Marisa Torrieri wrote in a recent blog. “The theory is so intoxicating that an increasing amount of money has been poured into preventive incentives, also known as positive incentives.”

But, Torrieri asked, do positive incentives really help make patients healthier?

Family physician J. Scott Litton, a contributor to Practice Notes, told Torrieri that while he counsels and bills for smoking cessation counseling, he feels his efforts are “futile.”

What do you think?

 

 

 

 

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