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Study finds no evidence that P4P program led to a decrease in 30-day mortality

The findings of a new study, by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health, indicate that a large-scale pay-for-performance initiative, run jointly by the CMS and Charlotte, N.C.-based Premier, has led to no long-term improvements in mortality (Modern Healthcare).

The study related to the CMS/Premier Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration, which launched in 2003 and includes more than 250 participating hospitals, provides performance-based incentive payments to hospitals based on quality across six areas, including heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia. According to Modern Healthcare, the program served as the building block for the CMS’ value-based purchasing program, which will roll out nationally beginning in fiscal year 2013.

But researchers say they found no significant difference in overall mortality between hospitals that participate in the program and those that don’t.

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