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No pay for poor performance, yet no change
Modern Healthcare

Policymakers who hope to see hospitals respond to financial incentives for better quality care will be disappointed by a newly published report on costly, potentially deadly, hospital-acquired infections. My colleague Maureen McKinney reported on the results, published in the New England Journal of Medicine: The 2008 Medicare policy to stop payment for catheter-associated bloodstream and urinary tract infections contracted by patients during a hospital stay did not produce a hoped-for drop in infection rates.