Medicare efforts to use value-based purchasing to foster improvement in the quality of hospital care has not improved the quality of patients’ experience in those hospitals, according to a new study.

Addressing the quality of patients’ experience in the hospital, the Health Affairs study “Patient Hospital Experience Improved Modestly, But No Evidence Medicare Incentives Promoted Meaningful Gains” concluded about Medicare’s value-based purchasing efforts that

While certain subsets of hospitals improved more than others, we found no evidence that the program has had a beneficial effect.

See the study here.