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Can Medicaid Pay-for-Performance Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities?

In 2006, Massachusetts established a pay-for-performance program to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in hospital care for Medicaid patients. Using data from the first year of the program, former Harkness Fellow Tim Doran, M.D., and colleagues found little evidence of disparities in care. The analysis, published in Health Affairs, raise questions about the utility of addressing disparities in hospital care through pay-for-performance.

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