The CMS, after a stalled first attempt late last year, said it is recruiting rural hospitals for a gainsharing demonstration project authorized under federal law. The project is part of a broader look by the CMS to see whether or not such gainsharing programs can better align incentives between hospitals and the physicians who work for them.
Overall, the focus of the project will be to link physician incentive payments to improvements in quality and efficiency, the CMS said in a July 5 posting in the Federal Register. Hospitals will be called on to provide measures to ensure that quality and efficiency of care provided to Medicare beneficiaries is monitored and improved.
Rural hospitals have until Sept. 4, 2007, to apply. -- by Matthew DoBias