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Mass. Medical Society survey: More doctors embracing new payment models

Doctors in Massachusetts may be looking a bit more favorably on new payment methods created under state and federal laws, according to a survey of 1,095 practicing physicians by the Massachusetts Medical Society.

About 49 percent of respondents said they are likely to participate in a voluntary global payment system, in which doctors are paid a fixed rate to manage the care of a group of patients. That’s up from 42 percent in 2011, the first year that questions about the new payment methods were included in the annual survey. Those who worked at community health centers were most open to the idea of global payments, and self-employed physicians were least likely to participate.

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