Incentive ties hospital payments to hospital performance


Story Updated: Apr 12, 2011

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services want to tie their payments to hospitals to the hospital's performance - and local hospitals are all for it.

It's an incentive for hospitals to do all they can to cut down on infections that patients acquire during their hospital stays and a way to tie payments, to performance.

Doctors at St. Elizabeth Medical Center say it's great incentive to continue to keep a lid on the spread of infection.

"The payers have decided, and I think most hospitals agree, with the concept to have this link between the outcomes of care and reimbursement for care," said Albert D'Accurzio of St. Elizabeth Medical Center. "So it provides more stimulus for hospitals to do a better job and continue to improve their services."

The federal program is already in effect, according to Blue Cross Blue Shield officials.

Add a comment


Comment: 1000 Characters Left

NBC-WKTV News Channel 2 | Utica, NY News, Weather and Sports and its affiliated companies are not responsible for the content of comments posted or for anything arising out of use of the above comments or other interaction among the users. We reserve the right to screen, refuse to post, remove or edit user-generated content at any time and for any or no reason in our absolute and sole discretion without prior notice, although we have no duty to do so or to monitor any Public Forum.

I have read and agree to the terms