Hospitals across the US are getting creative when it comes to meeting tough new mandates in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to improve care and increase patient satisfaction, and they are getting paid more as a result.
Under the ACA, the federal government gives money to hospitals that deliver better care, rather than just paying them for procedures covered by Medicare and Medicaid. The Hospital Value-Based Purchasing program aims to increase quality care and shrink the number of patients who die from mistakes.
As part of the program, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) pays hospitals for infection prevention, successful surgeries, low readmission rates and patient satisfaction scores.
Every year, 210,000 to 440,000 people die from avoidable hospital mistakes, according to a 2013 study published in the Journal of Patient Safety. According to a study by HealthGrades, such mistakes cost the health care system nearly $7.3 billion every two years.
We commend any action that improves the safety of hospitals in the US. It is important to promote health and safety, because lax procedures and maintenance can lead to medical malpractice.
Medical malpractice is an action or failure by a medical professional that negatively affects your health. Sometimes it is hard to tell whether your doctor has committed medical malpractice. Medical malpractice includes:
As injury attorney Paulette Chapman discusses in the video above, if you are concerned about your medical care, it is important that you contact an experienced attorney to assist you in pursuing your claim.
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