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VBP Program Impact, Incentives Questioned
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In the initial nine-month rollout period for Medicare’s value-based purchasing program, participating hospitals achieved quality scores that were no higher than at ineligible hospitals, says Andrew Ryan, associate professor of healthcare policy and research at Weill Cornell Medical College, and fellow researchers. The culprit is low financial incentives, he says. Eligible hospitals appear to need much greater payment incentives than the 1% to 2% specified in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.