CMS Announces Value-Based Purchasing Winners, Losers

CMS has announced that 1,557 hospitals will receive higher Medicare payments for quality ratings as part of the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program enacted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Payments will be reduced to 1,427 hospitals, according to CMS data.

The maximum rate adjustment up or down is 1 percent of a hospital's regular Medicare payments, and about about $1 billion of Medicare payments are tied to the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program.

Hospitals in Maine, Nebraska, South Dakota, Utah and South Carolina will fare the best, once the payments go into effect in January, while hospitals in the District of Columbia, Connecticut, New York, Wyoming and Delaware come out among the worst, according to an analysis of the data by Kaiser Health News.

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