Improving evaluations of value-based purchasing programs

Megan McHugh*, Maulik Joshi

*Corresponding author for this work

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Although value-based purchasing (VBP) holds promise for encouraging quality improvement and addressing rising costs, currently there is limited evidence about how best to structure and implement VBP programs. In this commentary, we highlight several issues for improving evaluations of VBP programs. Implementation research can be enhanced through early and continuous assessment and greater variation in program designs. Impact research can be improved by creating better outcome measures, increasing the availability of linked patient-level data, and advancing synthesis research. We offer several recommendations for improving the foundation to conduct evaluations of VBP programs to better inform policy and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1559-1569
Number of pages11
JournalHealth Services Research
Issue number5 PART 2
StatePublished - Oct 2010


  • Payment reform
  • bundled payment
  • impact research
  • implementation research
  • value-based purchasing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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