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Patient Hospital Experience Improved Modestly, But No Evidence Medicare Incentives Promoted Meaningful Gains

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The federal Hospital Value-Based Purchasing program ties hospitals’ Medicare payments to patient experience scores. For a study published in Health Affairs (Jan. 2017), researchers led by Irene Papanicolas of the London School of Economics, a 2015–16 Harkness Fellow, investigated how the incentives are affecting patients.

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