Group of hospitals joins BC of CA P4P program

A group of 23 hospitals have joined Blue Cross of California's new inpatient pay-for-performance program, which is structured to give the facilities adjustments to their inpatient fixed-payment rates if they achieve certain scores on quality, clinical processes and outcomes. To participate in the Quality-in-Sights Hospital Incentive Program, hospitals must submit quality data to the California Hospital Assessment and Reporting Task Force. Hospitals getting on board include USC University Hospital in Los Angeles, Irvine (CA) Regional Hospital and Medical Center, San Ramon (CA) Regional Medical Center and University Medical Center in Fresno. To date, there's been more P4P programs involving large medical groups than hospitals in most of the country, so I'm looking forward to see how hospitals fare here.

To learn more about the program:
- read this Modern Healthcare article (reg. req.)

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