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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provides consumers with publicly available information on the quality of Medicare-certified hospital care through this Web site. The site includes specific information for both patients and hospitals on how to use the data to guide decision-making and improvement initiatives. Most recently, listings from the Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program (HACRP) and data on Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals were added to the reports available.
Rau J. Kaiser Health News. June 22, 2014.
Financial incentives have shown both benefits and limitations in driving efforts to improve patient safety. This news article reports on Medicare penalties for hospitals with high rates of infections and other hospital-acquired conditions that have been designated as primary contributors to patient harm, longer hospitalizations, and unnecessary cost.