Assessing the Current Role of Pay-for-Performance in Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care


Although pay-for-performance programs are in place throughout the country, remarkably little is known about their ability to reduce racial and ethnic inequalities in health care. The project investigators will seek to fill this gap by interviewing 30 hospital and health plan executives who are involved in their organization's quality improvement efforts. The structured interviews will yield information about: the extent of provider and plan interest in using financial incentive programs to reduce racial/ethnic disparities in care and outcomes; whether existing pay-for-performance programs have had an impact on inequalities; and methodological and other barriers encountered in using such programs to address disparities. These findings will be of value to hospitals and health plans that are considering the addition of disparity-reduction measures to their pay-for-performance programs.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Massachusetts General Hospital
Principal Investigator:
Robin Weinick, Ph.D.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
November 14, 2006

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