Guess what? Physicians want to have veto power over new health care payment schemes designed to save money. And they won't approve such schemes without first seeing lots of compelling evidence that the new systems save money and lead to better patient outcomes.

This is just in from a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation query of 18 noted physicians. RWJ asked these practitioners to discuss the parameters they would set for strategies designed to reduce health care costs in America. They panelists agreed upon five major points:

1. Payment models must be evidence-based, physician-endorsed, and thoroughly tested.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.