Hospitals Get Creative With New Mandates in the Affordable Care Act

By Peter DePaolis

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.

Hurt By Medical Malpractice? Our Injury Attorneys Can Help!

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:

  • Birth injuries (cerebral palsy or Erb’s palsy)
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Failure to conduct the appropriate medical tests
  • Wrongful death
  • Failure to treat
  • Medication and pharmaceutical errors
  • Surgical errors
  • Nursing home abuse and neglect

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.

If you feel that you have been subject to medical malpractice, call our firm today to schedule a free consultation. Also, feel free to visit our Facebook page for more information.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia Injury Attorneys


About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.