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Search results for "Incentives"
Rau J. Kaiser Health News. March 1, 2019.
Financial incentives may encourage adoption of practice improvements that enhance safety. This news article reports on the increase in United States hospitals that have had Medicare payments withheld due to high rates of hospital-acquired conditions. The article is accompanied by a state-level tally of individual hospitals penalized.
Clark C. HealthLeaders Media. August 7, 2014.
Although California has collected an estimated $15 million in penalties from hospitals for adverse events, this news piece describes how much of the money has yet to be allocated or spent on safety improvement projects. Moreover, some state agencies have been reluctant to provide specific data to projects that have already been funded.
Golden, CO: HealthGrades, Inc.; April 2009.
This analysis of patient safety in Medicare patients from 2005–2007 concludes that while modest improvements have been made, patient safety incidents still account for nearly 100,000 preventable deaths and nearly $7 billion in excess costs yearly. The report also recognizes the best performing hospitals with a "Patient Safety Excellence Award"—hospitals scoring in the top 15% according to a ranking methodology developed by the authors. As with prior HealthGrades reports, the study uses the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs) to measure the incidence of patient safety problems and compare hospitals. The limitations of using PSIs as a performance measure have been discussed in a prior study and AHRQ WebM&M commentary, and it is important to note that this report did not undergo external peer review.
Smith S. Boston Globe. June 19, 2008;Metro section:1B
Massachusetts government and state insurers have outlined policies whereby they will not reimburse hospitals for care related to 28 preventable errors, though they have not specified details about implementation or enforcement.
Fuhrmans V. Wall Street Journal. January 15, 2008:D1.
This article reports on health insurance companies adopting the tactic of not paying for preventable errors, which parallels a similar federal decision.
Lerner M. Star Tribune. September 18, 2007;News section:5B.
This article reports on Minnesota's adoption of a policy for hospitals to not charge patients or insurers for never events or consequent treatment.
Kowalczyk L. Boston Globe. September 17, 2007;Metro section:1A.
This article reports on how numerous Massachusetts hospitals have implemented policies to waive charges for the set of serious errors categorized as never events.
Pear R. New York Times. August 19, 2007.
This article reports on a new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rule mandating that Medicare will no longer pay for treating certain preventable errors starting in 2008, including some hospital-acquired infections, decubitus ulcers, and retained foreign bodies. The policy is generating considerable discussion in patient safety circles, with some expressing concerns regarding the economic impact on hospitals and the increased efforts it is likely to create for hospitals to document certain patient problems present at the time of admission.
Collins LM. Deseret Morning News. July 8, 2007;A1.
This article reports on Utah health officials' recent efforts to mandate error reporting, make that information open to the public, and use the data to improve patient safety.
Smerd J. Workforce Management. June 11, 2007;1, 16-19.
This article discusses the financial impact on employers when an employee is affected by medical error.
Legislation/Regulation > New Jersey Legislation
New Jersey Legislature. A4327 (2007).
This bill amends a previous law by requiring that serious preventable adverse events be reported to the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services and that a list of these errors and where they occurred be publicly available.
Hallinan JT. Post-Gazette.com. June 21, 2005.
This article summarizes the history of patient safety improvement in anesthesia and its impact on malpractice claims and costs within that specialty.
Grant > Grant Recipient
Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; June 2005.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) awarded more than $8 million to 15 Partnerships in Implementing Patient Safety (PIPS) projects. These projects will implement patient safety interventions and develop toolkits that will be freely available to other health care providers.