Humana Inc. has launched a national program that will compensate hospitals for improving patient experience, safety and outcomes based on certain quality measures from The Joint Commission’s Integrated Care Certification and hospital-based Palliative Care Coordination Certification programs, the insurer announced yesterday. The Hospital Incentive Program, which will be open to general acute care hospitals, seeks to better integrate care and reduce duplicative services, hospital readmissions, and complication rates in acute care inpatient admissions, according to the insurer. “We’re excited to launch our value-based care initiative for hospitals, utilizing several quality standards that include certifications developed by The Joint Commission,” said Caraline Coats, vice president of Humana’s Provider Development Center of Excellence. “This program expands Humana’s reach in value-based care as we broaden our efforts to provide a better experience for our members and help them achieve their best health.”
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