231 Hospitals With Subpar Quality Awarded Bonuses From Medicare

Kaiser Health News:
Medicare Pays Bonuses To 231 Hospitals With Lower Quality Because Of Cheaper Costs

The federal government paid bonuses to 231 hospitals with subpar quality because their patients tend to be less expensive for Medicare, new research shows. The bonuses are small, generally a fraction of a percent of their Medicare payments. Nonetheless, rewarding hospitals of mediocre quality was hardly the stated goal when the Affordable Care Act created financial incentives to encourage better medical care from hospitals, doctors and other health care providers. (Rau, 5/2)