Here are some of the latest reports, surveys, and studies related to retirement, including research on Medicare payment incentives and an economic analysis of flu vaccination.

According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, Medicare provides payment incentives to physician practices that provide efficient and high-quality care. In 2017, it consolidated its previous payment incentive programs into a new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). The GAO reports here that researchers found that small practices did not perform as well as larger practices in the previous incentive programs. Medicare estimates that small practices will do better under MIPS in part because the new system offers increased flexibility, such as allowing practices with 10 or fewer providers to participate as a virtual group that can work together and share resources with small practices in other areas of the country.

Read more: Small and Rural Practices' Experiences in Previous Programs and Expected Performance in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System

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Here are some of the latest reports, surveys, and studies related to retirement, including research on Medicare payment incentives and an economic analysis of flu vaccination.

According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, Medicare provides payment incentives to physician practices that provide efficient and high-quality care. In 2017, it consolidated its previous payment incentive programs into a new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). The GAO reports here that researchers found that small practices did not perform as well as larger practices in the previous incentive programs. Medicare estimates that small practices will do better under MIPS in part because the new system offers increased flexibility, such as allowing practices with 10 or fewer providers to participate as a virtual group that can work together and share resources with small practices in other areas of the country.

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