This “online” first from the November 28th issue of JAMA. “Physicians are leaders of patient care teams and decision makers for system-based investments that facilitate quality improvement. The National Quality Strategy established 3 aims of improving health, improving health care, and reducing cost. The Centers for Medicare and Medical Services’ (CMS’s) value-based purchasing (VBP) programs create incentives for physicians to pursue these aims and to reward value more so than volume. Physicians’ leadership role in the health system makes incorporating physicians into the VBP portfolio critical to realizing the potential of these programs.” Click here to read full-text.