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New Jersey Statutes, Title: 26, HEALTH AND VITAL STATISTICS

    Chapter 2H: Declaration of public policy

      Section: 26:2H-12.82: Institutional and specialty specific goals.

          4. a. A hospital steering committee shall establish institutional and specialty-specific goals related to patient safety, quality of care, and operational performance, which may incorporate specific patient management tasks, care redesign initiatives, and patient safety and quality of care objectives. In establishing these goals, the committee shall prioritize institution-specific quality commitments and shall condition incentive payments, as well as physician participation, upon the successful response to these goals. In addition, the committee shall ensure that:

(1) no payments may be made for reducing or limiting medically necessary care;

(2) the appropriate course of treatment for each patient is determined, in consultation with the patient or the patient's representative, by the attending physician or surgeon of record;

(3) adequate safeguards are in place to ensure that there are no incentives to avoid difficult or complex medical cases, or to withhold, reduce, or limit quality care;

(4) no incentive payment may be made in any individual case for exceeding best practice standards established under the plan; and

(5) overall payments to individual physicians under a plan shall not exceed 50 percent of the total professional payments for services related to the cases for which that physician receives incentive payments under the plan.

b. The steering committee shall establish an incentive payment methodology, which shall be internally consistent and shall ensure that:

(1) individual physician performance is objectively measured, taking into account the severity of the medical issues presented by an individual patient;

(2) incentive payments objectively correlate with physician performance and are applied in a consistent manner to all physicians participating in the plan;

(3) participating physicians are treated uniformly relative to their respective individual contributions to institutional efficiency and quality of patient care;

(4) performance and best practice standards established under the plan are based primarily on local and regional data;

(5) the methodology recognizes both individual physician performance, including a physician's utilization of inpatient resources compared to the physician's peers, and improvements in individual physician performance, including a physician's utilization of inpatient resources compared with the physician's own performance over time; and

(6) the elements of the methodology are properly balanced to meet the needs of physicians, hospitals, and patients.

c. The steering committee shall adopt a mechanism to protect the financial health of the hospital.

d. At least half of the members of the steering committee shall be physicians.

L.2017, c.46, s.4.

This section added to the Rutgers Database: 2017-05-10 12:18:11.

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