Amol Navathe Wins AcademyHealth 'Best Abstract' Award
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine Assistant Professor Amol Navathe has won a "Best Abstract" award at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting (ARM) currently underway in Seattle.
Navathe, MD, PhD, heads a Penn team whose study is entitled "A Pragmatic Policy Trial Testing Larger Bonus Sizes and the Behavioral Economic Principles of Loss Aversion and Social Pressure in Physician Pay-for-Performance." It is the first randomized trial to test behavioral economics principles in a physician P4P clinical environment.
Each year, an AcademyHealth committee selects the most outstanding research abstracts submitted in its "Call for Papers" in 21 different areas of health services research. Navathe's paper was selected as "Best" in the "Payment and Delivery Systems" category.
A Senior Fellow at Penn's Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI), Navathe is also the Associate Director of Penn's Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) and a staff physician at the Crescenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia.
The P4P study comes as the implementation of such P4P incentive programs continues to expand across the country, but with what so far appear to be mixed results. The study compared the variation in the proportion of evidence-based quality measures met by two different patient groups treated by physicians participating in various P4P incentive programs.