Health care regulators have begun linking quality standards to reimbursements and plan to roll out more mandates that will cost providers money if they go unmet. In this Nashville Post article, Thomas Bartrum, who focuses on health care regulatory matters, discusses how organizations are handling quality initiatives and preparing for future changes as well as why there is such a focus on quality standards.
"By 2008, it seemed like the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, other government agencies and the accreditation agencies really had this on their agenda. There was a tipping point in terms of government, payer and agency attention to quality coupled with the rise of a more informed patient population," said Mr. Bartrum.
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