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Hospital Pay to Reflect Care Efficiency Soon
Health Leaders Media

Like it or not, hospitals are bracing for a new, and some leaders say increasingly important, Medicare quality measure that is influencing how much they’re reimbursed with discharges starting on Oct. 1, 2014.

The measure is efficiency, or Medicare spending per beneficiary. Against hospital groups’ objections, officials for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services added the score to the value-based purchasing incentive program algorithm, with a performance period ending Dec. 31, 2013, with an initial weight of 20%, increasing to 25% and possibly higher in later years.