Monday, October 1, 2012

Now in Effect: Affordable Care Act Incentives to Hospitals for Quality Improvement

Linking Payment to Quality Outcomes

Effective for payments for discharges occurring on or after October 1, 2012

The law establishes a hospital Value-Based Purchasing program (VBP) in Original Medicare. This program offers financial incentives to hospitals to improve the quality of care. Hospital performance is required to be publicly reported, beginning with measures relating to heart attacks, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, health-care associated infections, and patients’ perception of care.

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