New HHS Program Incentivizes Hospitals for Quality of Care Not Quantity of Service
May 6, 2011
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a new initiative on April 29th called the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing program which will, for the first time, pay hospitals based on the quality of care not the quantity of service.
The Hospital Value-Based Purchasing program will determine quality by measuring clinical best practices and how well hospitals enhance patient care. Hospitals will be scored on their performance relative to other hospitals and on improvement made over time. Scores will be used to determine payments. The theory is that following best practices will lead to higher quality of care and better outcomes for patients as well as reduced health care costs.
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