The Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program adjusts what Medicare pays hospitals under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) based on the quality of inpatient care the hospitals provide to patients.
On November 2, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized changes that removes unnecessary and inefficient payment differences between certain provider and supplier types so patients can have more affordable choices and options. The final rule with comment period updates and revises policies under the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System.
On August 2, 2018, CMS issued a final rule to help empower patients through better access to hospital price information, improve the use of electronic health records, and make it easier for providers to spend time with their patients.
On July 25, 2018, CMS proposed changes that would encourage site-neutral payment between sites of services and make healthcare prices more transparent for patients so that they can be more informed about out-of-pocket costs.
In working toward a healthcare system that brings down costs and improves the quality of patient care, CMS supports multiple programs and initiatives focused on making care safer. Among them are the Quality Improvement Network - Quality Improvement Organizations, activities of the Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks, and the ESRD Network Program.