How IPPS Proposed Rules Would Affect Quality Measures

Cheryl Clark, May 3, 2012

The latest proposed rules for how federal payers would reimburse hospitals in years to come call for important changes in the way quality is measured. But you wouldn't know it unless you dug through the 1,313-page proposal for Inpatient Prospective Payment System rules.

I don't expect you to scour the whole thing.

But I browsed through parts of it and found that not only does the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services intend to increase the types of hospital performance that influence hospital payments, but these new performance measures also would be publicly reported on Hospital Compare someday soon.

Some other elements in the mix should prompt quality leaders to refocus their resources. I'll list five that merit particular attention.


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