Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Case Study

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Introduction With quality, being a big factor in healthcare, patient safety has proven to be one of most pressing health care challenges for hospitals and providers. The Affordable Care Act, which includes policies to help physicians, hospitals, and other caregivers improve safety and quality of patient care, is also intended to make health care more affordable. According to, Medicare will begin to reward hospitals that provide high quality care for their patients through the new Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program. This means that Medicare will pay hospitals for inpatient acute care services based on care quality, not just the quantity of the services they provide. Changing how payments are made to hospitals for services, there is an expectation that there will be higher quality care for all hospital patients. With the new Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program, which is expected to distribute an estimated $850 million to hospitals based on their…show more content…
The United States spends an estimated $2 trillion annually on healthcare expenses (Johnson 2012). With the push for Health Information Technology and the cost of infrastructure, it is some time before quality and cost are on the same footing. There are issues that still need to be addressed. What are the major drivers of the rise in health care spending? How can health care be more affordable without limiting access to necessary care? What role should government play in controlling increases in the cost of care and the cost of health coverage? What different choices do state and federal policymakers have in containing costs? What is the responsibility of individuals in the cost of their care? Should health savings accounts and high deductible insurance policies be expanded? What are the concerns for low-income individuals? (Johnson

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