RevCycle Intelligence March 4, 2021
Social risk stratification reduced value-based penalties among safety-net hospitals, allowing for a more equitable measure of care quality.
When hospitals in the Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program (HACRP) were stratified by social risk, value-based penalties for safety-net hospitals decreased, according to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Researchers used performance data and hospital cost reports for a total of 3,102 hospitals participating in the HACRP during fiscal year 2020 (spanning data from July 1, 2016, to December 31, 2018).
To assess the impact of HACRP social risk stratification on value-based penalties, the study authors divided hospitals into five groups based on their “proportion duel,” the ratio of patients dually enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid. Proportion duel is a factor...