Medicare Pilot Project Links Hospital Payments To Quality

A pilot project by Medicare that links hospital payments to the quality of care has helped prevent infections in pneumonia patients and cut death rates in heart-attack patients.

 

According to the Journal, the Medicare Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration "has helped prevent infections in pneumonia patients and cut death rates in heart-attack patients. ... In the project, hospitals compete for cash incentives from Medicare, the government insurance program for the elderly and disabled. Medicare officials are expected to announce that 225 hospitals will divide $12 million in bonuses; three poor performers will be penalized. Some lawmakers see the experiment, which began in 2003, as a model as they debate ways to overhaul the nation's health-care system."

 

In the project, hospitals compete for cash incentives from Medicare, the government insurance program for the elderly and disabled. Some lawmakers see the experiment, which began in 2003, as a model as they debate ways to overhaul the nation's health-care system.

 

(SOURCE: Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report, http://kaiserhealthnews.org, August 17, 2009)