Financial Penalties Didn't Improve Hospital Care: Study

Law360, New York (October 11, 2012, 7:08 PM EDT) -- A Medicare program that aimed to reduce hospital-acquired infections by refusing to pay for their care did nothing to lower infection rates at U.S. hospitals, according to a study published Thursday, suggesting that health officials may need to reconsider their strategies for improving care.

The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine and funded by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, found that the nonpayment strategy had no affect on the number of hospital-acquired infections across multiple types of hospitals in 41...
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