Improving Medicare Hospital Performance Measures and Payment Methods


There is considerable interest in using quality indicators to assess the performance of hospitals and develop pay-for-performance initiatives. So far, however, hospital quality indicators are based solely on aggregate hospital-level data. This project will depict the quality of acute care hospitals using newly available patient-level data collected through the Hospital Quality Alliance. With these data, the investigators will not only learn what proportion of patients receives recommended care, they will also be able to create new measures of patient care and simulate the impact of different pay-for-performance scoring methods on hospital rankings—information that will be useful to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In addition, project staff will examine the extent to which care varies by race, ethnicity, or insurance status within and across hospitals.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Massachusetts General Hospital
Principal Investigator:
Joel S. Weissman
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
April 11, 2006
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