Massachusetts Links Pay for Performance to the Reduction of Racial and Ethnic Disparities
The Institute of Medicaid has identified equity as a key dimension of quality. Recently, Massachusetts’ Medicaid program (MassHealth) took the unusual step of linking pay-for-performance (P4P) to the reduction of racial/ethnic disparities for hospital care. We report on early experience with the program, describing the challenges of implementing an ambitious program in a short time frame, with limited resources. Our findings raise questions about whether P4P as currently constituted is a suitable tool for addressing disparities in hospital care.