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Optimal Price-Setting in Pay for Performance Schemes in Health Care

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  • Rud Kristensen, Søren
  • Siciliani, Luigi
  • Sutton, Matt

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The increased availability of process measures implies that quality of care is in some areas de facto verifiable. Optimal price-setting for verifiable quality is well-described in the incentive-design literature. We seek to narrow the large gap between actual price-setting behaviour in Pay-For-Performance schemes and the incentive literature. We present a model for setting prices for process measures of quality and show that optimal prices should reflect the marginal benefit of health gains, providers’ altruism and the opportunity cost of public funds. We derive optimal prices for processes incentivised in the Best Practice Tariffs for emergency stroke care in the English National Health Service. Based on published estimates, we compare these to the prices set by the English Department of Health. We find that actual tariffs were lower than optimal, relied on an implausibly high level of altruism, or implied a lower social value of health gains than previously used.

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  • Rud Kristensen, Søren & Siciliani, Luigi & Sutton, Matt, 2014. "Optimal Price-Setting in Pay for Performance Schemes in Health Care," CEPR Discussion Papers 9915, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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    optimal price-setting; Pay for Performance; provider behaviour;
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    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • L51 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Economics of Regulation

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