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In experimental psychology, an object or goal of motivated behavior.
[LL. incentivus, provocative]


Any stimulus that encourages a desired response. Incentives may be provided to patients (e.g., to ensure adherence to treatment plans), to practitioners (e.g., to improve productivity or job performance), or to students (e.g., to improve grades).

financial incentive

A cash payment made to a patient who achieves a health-related goal such as sustaining a weight loss over a 6-month period or maintaining abstinence from a toxic substance.
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Keep reading to see the list of companies offering performance incentives that were highlighted in Warren's report.
An example of this is a provider whose mammogram percentage in 2012 was 43%, if in 2013 the provider gets their mammogram rate up to 70%, yet to qualify for a bonus the provider had to be at 75%, what was achieved by the performance incentive program is a frustrated provider who more than likely will not put forth as much effort in the following years to achieve higher quality.
He could earn $307,000 more if he achieved every one of a long, detailed list of performance incentives that mirrors Kelly's from a defensive standpoint, down to the $2,000 bonus for winning the Civil War.
Finally, the article discusses some positive ramifications of the increased use of performance-based contracting in general and performance incentives in particular.
The terms of the transaction provide strong performance incentives for Bombardier Transportation.
DOE could use performance incentives more effectively for controlling costs and schedules if it developed performance incentive guidance and assigned responsibility for reviewing a contract's project management provisions prior to award.
Motorists in eight square miles of the capital's centre will be monitored from February by a network of spy cameras which will alert clamping teams, who will work on performance incentives.
VASCO Data Security International Inc, a provider of security systems for e-business and e-commerce, has signed a letter of intent to acquire Identikey Pty Ltd for USD3m in shares, with additional payments conditional on certain performance incentives.
Practice management is frequently performed on a percent-of revenues basis, preferably with performance incentives.
The contract is a hybrid, firm-fixed price and includes core requirements with performance incentives and indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity task orders.

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