More than 1,600 hospitals will see bonuses from Medicare in 2017 under the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing program, according to federal data released Tuesday. The number earning positive pay adjustments is about 200 fewer than last year.
The program affects some 3,000 hospitals, which are penalized or rewarded based on how well they perform on certain quality measures. A hospital's performance is assessed in comparison to its peers' and to its own performance over time.
The results are “somewhat concerning,” said Francois de Brantes, executive director of the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute. One reason was the fact that fewer hospitals are being rewarded. Another was hospitals' lack of movement in rankings.