Analyzing Medicare's Payment Policy for Hospital-Acquired Conditions and Its Impact on Safety-Net Hospitals


To improve quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has specified a list of eight avoidable hospital-acquired medical conditions that it soon will no longer consider in determining payment for inpatient hospital stays. Another nine conditions may be added to the list. This study will provide information about the potential impact of CMS's "value-based purchasing" policy on safety-net and other hospitals, and identify strategies that different types of hospitals are using to respond to the CMS incentives, reduce the incidence of hospital-acquired conditions, and develop quality improvement programs.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Health Research and Educational Trust
Principal Investigator:
Megan McHugh, Ph.D.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
July 15, 2008

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