Safety-net hospitals treating the highest numbers of low-income patients saw quality-based Medicare payments reduced an average 0.09%, compared with a bonus of 0.6% for hospitals seeing the fewest of these patients, Dr. Ashish Jha of Harvard School of Public Health reported. A Kaiser Health News analysis showed that overall, 32% of safety-net hospitals got a quality-based bonus of at least 0.2%, compared with 53% of hospitals that served the fewest low-income patients.

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