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Are Medicare's New Quality Incentives Large Enough To Change Hospital Behavior?
September 5, 2012, 08:48:52 AM

With Medicare poised next month to give bonuses and penalties to hospitals based on how they ranked in quality standards, a number of health policy experts are questioning whether the amounts of money at stake are large enough to make a difference.

In October, Medicare will begin withholding 1 percent of hospitals' reimbursements under the new Value-Based Purchasing program created by the health care law. The money, $850 million in the first year, will instead be doled out to hospitals based on how well they score on patient experience surveys and whether they followed a number of basic clinical guidelines in providing care. 

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Source: Kasier Health News