Getting Ready for Value-Based Purchasing (HCAHPS Survey)

Section 3001(a) of the Affordable Care Act added a new section 1886(o) to the Social Security Act and amended 42 U.S.C. § 1395ww to establish the hospital value-based purchasing program (VBP).  Under VBP, beginning October 2012 hospitals will face a 1% reduction overall on Medicare payments under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS), as these funds will be used to pay for the performance bonuses. By 2015, hospitals that continue to show poor performance ratings will not only be excluded from the bonus pool, they will also face additional cuts in reimbursement.

The HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) survey performance will account for 30 percent of hospital VBP Total Performance Score in fiscal years 2013 and 2013.  The HCAHPS survey, the first national, standardized, publicly reported survey of patients’ perspectives of hospital care, is a survey instrument and data collection methodology for measuring patients’ perceptions of their hospital experience.  Click on the following links for examples of the standard HCAHPS survey and the expanded HCAHPS survey.

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