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Medicare Punishes, Rewards Hospitals
San Diego Union-Tribune

Nine local hospitals are being rewarded and six are being penalized as part of a new Medicare program mandated by national health care reform that seeks to improve the quality of care while reducing cost.

The money being reimbursed to the hospitals for Medicare patients is being based for the first time on a formula that includes quality criteria, such as whether antibiotics are administered within an hour after surgery, and patient satisfaction surveys.