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Journal Article

Measurement matters: changing penalty calculations under the hospital acquired condition reduction program (HACRP) cost hospitals millions.

Vsevolozhskaya OA, Manz KC, Zephyr PM, et al. BMC Health Serv Res. 2021;21(1):131.

Since 2014, Medicare’s Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program (HACRP) reduces payments to hospitals with elevated rates of certain conditions. Based on multistate data, the authors conclude that there is a disconnect between penalties levied by the program and hospital performance, suggesting that the program may not drive patient safety improvements as intended.