Monday, February 28, 2011

Maryland ties payment to hospital performance on hospital-acquired conditions

Results from a state-wide hospital-acquired conditions reporting program were published last week by the state of Maryland.  Hospitals were required to report data in 49 categories of potentially preventable complications including HAIs.  Of the 45 hospitals that submitted data, 9 hospitals had higher rates than the state's target.

Maryland is currently the only state that ties payment to hospital performance on dealing with hospital-acquired conditions.  The state sets target rates for each reportable condition and payments to hospitals are tied to meeting the state's targets.

In 2008, Maryland's hospitals collectively had approximately 53,000 cases of hospital-acquired conditions out of a total of 800,000 inpatients and these conditions amounted to approximately $500 million in potentially preventable hospital payments.  The initiative was put in place in 2009 in an effort to address hospital-acquired conditions and to improve the quality of care for patients.

More info can be found at the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission website

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