Implementation of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Nonpayment Policy for Preventable Hospital Acquired Conditions in Rural and Non-rural US Hospitals
Preventable adverse patient outcomes and hospital characteristics in rural versus non rural US hospitals under the new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reimbursement policy were examined using the American Hospital Association Annual Survey and Hospital Compare data. Under the new policy, rural hospitals tended to have fewer hospital-acquired conditions than non rural hospitals except for patient falls. Case mix was consistently related to falls after controlling for hospital characteristics.
Dr. Sung-Heui Bae