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Many Not-for-Profit Hospital CEOs’ Compensation Tied to Technology

Compensation for many CEOs at not-for-profit hospitals is tied to the use of advanced medical technology, patient satisfaction scores and the number of beds, rather than patient outcomes or care quality measures, according to a study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, AP/Sacramento Bee reports (Tanner, AP/Sacramento Bee, 10/14).

For the study, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health analyzed tax returns, hospital survey results, performance metrics, spending records and the paychecks of 1,877 CEOs from 2,681 private not-for-profit hospitals (Pittman, Reuters, 10/14).