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Das A, Norton EC, Miller DC
Adding a spending metric to Medicare's value-based purchasing program rewarded low-quality hospitals.
In fiscal year 2015 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services expanded its Hospital Value-Based Purchasing program by rewarding or penalizing hospitals for their performance on both spending and quality. Using data from 2,679 US hospitals that participated in the program in fiscal years 2014 and 2015, researchers found that the new emphasis on spending rewarded not only low-spending hospitals but some low-quality hospitals as well.
Citation: Das A, Norton EC, Miller DC . Adding a spending metric to Medicare's value-based purchasing program rewarded low-quality hospitals. Health Aff 2016 May;35(5):898-906. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2015.1190.
Keywords: Medicare, Provider Performance, Payment, Hospitals, Value, Healthcare Costs, Quality of Care