Paying For Hospital Quality

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

  • penalties for hospitals that readmit too many people within 30 days
  • penalties for hospitals with excess numbers of patient injuries
  • bonuses and penalties for hospitals based on several dozen quality measures, including patient satisfaction and death rates

Find below easy-to-read charts and downloadable data sets that show Medicare’s financial actions for hospitals throughout the country.

Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program

1,700 Hospitals Win Quality Bonuses From Medicare, But Most Will Never Collect

2015 State-by-State Readmissions Chart