NEJM study finds incentives not working for reducing hospital-acquired infections
Posted on October 15, 2012 | No Comments
Last week, the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) released a study entitled, “Effect of Nonpayment for Preventable Infections in U.S. Hospitals.” The NEJM study examines the impact of Affordable Care Act (ACA) provisions to reduce Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement rates for hospitals that report certain preventable infections. The findings of the study indicate that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’s) policy of withholding funds from hospitals that report such infections does not help to lower these infection rates. In the discussion of their work, the study authors recommend that policymakers consider replacing the current system with a model that will encourage behavior that will lower rates of infection.