CMS names hospital winners, losers in quality incentive program
By Gregg Blesch , Maureen McKinney and Sabriya Rice | December 20, 2014
Ideas written into law in 2010 to push hospitals toward better and safer care are now a pervasive part of doing business with Medicare.
Next year, for the first time, the CMS will impose a 1% penalty on hospitals that fall within the worst-performing quartile on measures of bad things that happen to patients during their stays, such as pressure ulcers, pulmonary embolisms and infections.
Last week, the agency identified 724 hospitals that will get hit with the first round of penalties imposed under the Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program. They include institutions such as Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago and the Cleveland Clinic. The CMS estimated that overall Medicare payments would drop by roughly $330 million in 2015 due to the HAC program.
Here are the results for Tucson: