Scott A. Flanders, MD; Sanjay Saint, MD, MPH
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Acknowledgment: The authors thank Steven J. Bernstein, MD, MPH, University of Michigan, for providing comments on an earlier version of the editorial and Latoya Kuhn, MPH, for assistance with preparation of the manuscript.
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Flanders SA, Saint S. Measuring Pneumonia-Related Mortality Using Administrative Data: Coding and Consequences. Ann Intern Med. 2014;160:430-431. doi: 10.7326/M14-0199
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2014;160(6):430-431.
Achieving the triple aim of health care—better health, higher quality, and lower costs—is changing the landscape at U.S. hospitals. One key change is financially incentivizing hospitals to deliver higher quality at lower cost. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program, for example, currently withholds 1% of diagnostic-related group payments from hospitals and redistributes that money as incentives to hospitals that perform well on various measures, such as patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes. Financial incentives have also been paired with efforts to improve transparency and accountability through public reporting of hospital performance. Hospital Compare, Medicare's Web site that reports on hospital quality, provides performance data for more than 4000 U.S. hospitals in various domains, including timeliness of care, outcomes, readmission rates, and spending per Medicare beneficiary.
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