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Medicare Starts To Reward Quality, Not Quantity, Of Care
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It’s no longer enough for hospitals to just send a bill to Medicare and get paid. The nation’s biggest insurer is starting to dole out bonuses and penalties to nearly 3,000 hospitals as it ties almost $1 billion in payments to the quality of care provided to patients. In what amounts to a nationwide competition, Medicare compared hospitals on how faithfully they followed basic standards of care and how patients rated their experiences. Medicare disclosed on Thursday how individual hospitals will fare when the program, created by the federal health law, begins in January.

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