Report finds that most hospitals support P4P

Nearly all hospitals support the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in moving forward with a pay-for-performance program over the next few years, but selecting the right measures will be a critical element of future success, according to a new report by Mathematica Policy Research. The findings are based on a 2005 survey of hospital executives that Mathematica conducted for CMS, which explored hospitals' views on a future CMS pay-for-performance initiative and the quality measures it should include. Most hospitals participating in the Hospital Quality Alliance supported using that program's original 10 measures or a modestly expanded set of measures, while most hospitals participating in the CMS/Premier Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration favored using or expanding that program's 35 measures.