Safety-Net Hospitals Could Lose Ground Under New Medicare Payment Plan

The value-based purchasing program that Medicare plans to unroll in October could result in reduced payments to the nation’s safety-net hospitals.

A report published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that safety-net hospitals receive lower scores in measures that Medicare will use as part of its new value-based purchasing program.  Those scores are based on data from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey.

As a result of those lower scores, the article “Patient Experience in Safety-Net Hospitals:  Implications for Improving Care and Value-Based Purchasing” concluded that safety-net hospitals could receive lower Medicare payments that could affect their financial health.

Read a Kaiser Health News on the new study here and the Archives of Internal Medicine report itself hereHospital building.

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