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Medicare's Payment Policy for Hospital-Acquired Conditions: Perspectives from Safety-Net Hospitals

The Commonwealth Fund-supported authors of this study in Medical Care Research and Review interviewed quality and financial officers at safety-net hospitals about the impact of a Medicare policy limiting reimbursement for treatment of avoidable and costly hospital-acquired conditions. While a majority of hospital executives said that the policy created a heightened awareness on such conditions and extra incentive to reduce them, very few could offer specific examples of changes in practice that resulted from it.

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