Hospital CEOs still get paid based on volume

Despite initiatives to improve outcomes and quality, hospitals are still basing a significant portion of their compensation on patient volumes, Kaiser Health News reported. "They celebrate the CEO when the hospital is full instead of rewarding business models that improve patients' care," Donald Berwick, M.D., former acting head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, told Kaiser Health News. In many cases, the CEOs are receiving bonuses that are well into the six figures, and sometimes exceed $1 million a year. According to the article, it could be years before hospital and healthcare system boards of trustees base a larger proportion of CEO pay on quality metrics rather than patient volume. Article

 

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