New Medicare Rates Would Hurt Poorest Hospitals, Study Says

Law360, New York (July 16, 2012, 8:19 PM EDT) -- The health care law's changes to hospital payment rates, which try to incentivize better care by tying payments to certain performance measures, could disadvantage the hospitals that treat the poorest and most vulnerable patients, according to a study published Monday.

Safety-net hospitals, which care for a large portion of poor, uninsured and Medicaid-insured patients, have lower patient satisfaction ratings than other hospitals, according to the study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. That could put safety-net hospitals at a disadvantage under a Medicare program called...
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