Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced a bill that would reward nursing homes for delivering better quality care. Under the proposed law, nursing homes that perform in the top 10% of the industry on quality measures would receive a 2% bonus payment from Medicare; nursing homes that perform in the bottom 10% would face a 2% penalty. A similar bill was introduced in the House by Rep. Phil English (R-Pa.). "We are willing to go at risk in terms of financial incentives here to keep advancing the effort to improve nursing home quality," said Stephen Guillard, chief executive officer of Harborside Healthcare, Boston, which operates 54 nursing homes nationwide. Guillard is chairman of the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care, which worked with House and Senate staff to draft the quality bills. The bills will be reintroduced in the next session of Congress if they don't get attention in the present session, he said. -- by Jeff Tieman
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