LA Times: Financial incentives prompt doctors to step up care for patients

Jose Quintanilla, puts his shirt back on after getting a pneumonia shot at the adult primary care clinic at San Francisco General, on Thursday June 28, 2012, in San Francisco, Calif., where 36% of the patients are uninsured and 28% are on Medicare. In a divided but stunning decision, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld virtually all of the far-reaching law crafted by President Obama to extend health coverage to most uninsured Americans. The narrow 5-4 ruling was a victory for Obama but also will serve as a rallying issue for Republicans calling for repeal of the Affordable Care Act passed by Democrats in 2010. Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle / SF

  Doctors paid more attention to their patients’ blood pressure and worked harder to adjust their medications when they were offered financial incentives, a study found. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images)   By Karen Kaplan   How do you get doctors to do a better job of controlling their patients’ high blood pressure? Pay them, according … Continue reading

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