What is the Effect of Pay for Performance on Hospitals that Serve Poor Patients?

Vol. XIII, No. 7
December 2010

What is the effect of pay for performance on hospitals that serve poor patients? Ashish Jha, M.D., M.P.H., at the Harvard School of Public Health and his colleagues studied 251 hospitals that participated in the Premier Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration against a national sample of 3017 hospitals. They found no evidence that financial incentives widened the gap in performance between hospitals that serve poor patients and other hospitals.