Nonpayment for preventable conditions expected to drive QI in Medicaid

April 2010
State Health Watch;Apr2010, Vol. 17 Issue 4, p1
The article stresses the importance of nonpayment policies for preventable adverse events in motivating quality improvement efforts in Medicaid in the U.S. It suggests that payment should not be expected for a negative outcome that is unnecessary or avoidable. Jill Rosenthal, program director of the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) in Portland, Maine, said that Medicaid programs are searching for efficiencies while non-payment policies are crude instruments that are still in their infancy.


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