August 9, 2007

Christine Baker

CHSWC Releases Study on Pay-for-Performance

OAKLAND –- The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC) has approved the release of a working paper on Pay-for-Performance in California's Workers' Compensation Medical Treatment System. The working paper was prepared by RAND for CHSWC and is part of a larger CHSWC medical study evaluating the impact of reforms.

This paper focuses on the potential for creating financial incentives or "pay-for-performance" mechanisms to encourage and reward the delivery of high-quality, efficient care to California's injured workers. Drawing on the models and lessons learned in group health programs, the paper assesses the options, challenges, and potential benefits of adopting pay-for-performance incentives for physician services in the California's workers' compensation program.

CHSWC is charged with examining the health and safety and workers' compensation systems in California and recommending administrative or legislative modifications to improve their operation. CHSWC was established to conduct a continuing examination of the workers' compensation system and of the state's activities to prevent industrial injuries and occupational diseases and to examine those programs in other states.

Information about CHSWC and the study on pay for performance is available on the CHSWC web site, by contacting CHSWC by writing to 1515 Clay Street, Room 901, Oakland, 94612; by phone at (510) 622-3959: by fax at (510) 622-3265; or by email