Medicare’s penalty of hospital-acquired infections has done little to actually change payments, due to inaccurate reporting, according to a statewide analysis by the University of Michigan.
The study published in this week’s Annals of Internal Medicine shows disappointing results of the 2008 policy that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services anticipated would save Medicare big.
“We don’t have any evidence on whether it has prompted hospitals to improve patient care to prevent these infections, but we do know that it did not lead to large financial savings,” Jennifer Meddings, an assistant professor at the U of Michigan Medical School, said in a research announcement today.
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