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Paying For Hospital Quality

The government takes performance into account when paying hospitals, one of the biggest changes in Medicare’s 50-year-history. KFF Health News is tracking the major incentive programs created by the federal health law:

  • Readmissions:
    Penalties for hospitals that readmit too many people within 30 days
  • Hospital-acquired conditions (HAC):
    Penalties for hospitals with excess numbers of patient injuries

Downloadable data sets for hospitals throughout the country and links to Jordan Rau’s stories: