Medicare is revamping its payment system for hospitals to give bonuses and penalties based on how well they performed on quality measures. This chart shows the average effect by state on hospitals’ Medicare payments per hospital stay.
The adjustments do not apply to money Medicare pays hospitals for capital expenses, to teach residents or to treat large numbers of low-income patients. Hospitals with too few cases and certain specialty hospitals, such as psychiatric, long-term care, rehabilitation and cancer hospitals, are exempted from the programs. Maryland hospitals are also excluded from the program, as that state has a unique reimbursement arrangement with Medicare, and thus no Maryland hospitals are listed below.
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Source: Kaiser Health News analysis of data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.