AHRQ to request evaluation of P4Q programs

The Agency for Research and Healthcare Quality issued notice in the October 24, 2006, Federal Register that it intends request permission from the Office of Management and Budget to conduct an evaluation project on pay-for-quality programs.

The proposed project, "Evaluation of the Implementation and Impact of Pay-for-Quality (P4Q) Programs," would assess if quality improves on the measures used in P4Q programs in health care safety net settings and whether the programs lead to unintended consequences. The project would also seek to identify best practices in P4Q programs.

Information for the project would be collected through a survey of physicians participating in P4Q programs and through interviews with up to six key managerial staff (physicians, office managers, practice leaders, etc.) at each target site regarding program design, implementation, and impact.