According to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, quality scores on Medicare’s Hospital Compare website aren’t likely to improve hospital outcomes. Researchers at Baystate Medical Center in Massachusetts sent 630 hospitals a 21-question poll in the fall of 2012 (before CMS implemented federal penalties affecting reimbursements) that addressed the participants’ Hospital Compare scores for measures involving cost, patient experience, process measures, volume, mortality and readmissions. 70 percent of the 380 hospitals that responded agreed that public reporting provides incentives to organizations to implement quality improvement initiatives. However, respondents did express concerns about the potential side effects of the metrics. 59 percent of respondents also expressed concerns that emphasis on publicly reported quality measures could come at the expense of other areas.
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