Examining the quality of hospital care and simulating the impact of several pay-for-performance scoring methods on hospital rankings

The Foundation's Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization program was designed to support research, demonstration, and evaluation projects examining major changes in health care financing.Under this project, the researchers will examine the quality of hospital care. Using patient-level data from a large sample of hospitals collected by the Hospital Quality Alliance, they will estimate the proportion of patients receiving recommended care, create new measures of patient care quality, and simulate the impact of several pay-for-performance scoring methods on hospital rankings. They will also examine the extent to which care varies by race, ethnicity, or insurance status within and across hospitals. The objective of the study is to assist the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, other public and private payers, and accrediting organizations in developing strategies to improve hospital performance measurement and payment methods and, ultimately, the quality of patient care.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $175,981.00

Awarded on: 2/13/2007

Time frame: 3/1/2007 - 2/28/2009

Grant Number: 60514


General Hospital Corporation-Massachusetts General Hospital

55 Fruit Street
Boston, 02114-2696


Lisa I. Iezzoni
Project Director