Study: CMS P4P program has little initial effect on care

Pay-for-performance does not appear to correlate to improved practice in following treatment guidelines, according to results of a CMS pilot program at 500 hospitals. All hospitals in the study had similar rates of reducing errors and improving survival, regardless of financial incentives, but the lead researcher said that could be because they were essentially high-performing hospitals anyway. Medicare said it had not yet seen the study.

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