Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program

As the Hospital Inpatient Value, Incentives, and Quality Reporting Outreach and Education Support Contractor, HSAG supports activities under the Hospital VBP Program.

The Hospital VBP Program is part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) long-standing effort to link Medicare’s payment system to improve healthcare quality, including the quality of care provided in the inpatient hospital setting. The program implements value-based purchasing to the payment system that accounts for the largest share of Medicare spending, affecting payment for inpatient stays in approximately 3,000 hospitals across the country. As a result, hospitals are paid for inpatient acute care services based on the quality of care (as evaluated using a select set of quality and cost measures), not just quantity of the services they provide. Section 1886(o) of the Social Security Act sets forth the statutory requirements for the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program.

On this website, you will have quick access to numerous resources to enhance your knowledge of the program and reporting requirements, such as:

  • Educational presentations
  • Reference and training materials
  • Program and scoring quick reference guides

More information on the Hospital VBP Program is available on the Hospital VBP Program pages of QualityNet and

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