Maryland Says "Been There, Done That" to Federal Requirement to Track Hospital Quality reports that the state will request an exemption from a new requirement by Medicare that hospitals demonstrate their quality of care. Taking effect Oct. 1, the requirement financially rewards hospitals that meet the new standard and penalizes those that don’t.

Robert Murray, executive director of the Health Services Cost Review Commission, said the state will document for the feds that “Maryland already has those programs in our system.” The commission has tracked the quality of hospital care for three years.

“The health reform act says you can be exempt from this regulation if you show you already meet or exceed [the national requirement]," Murray said.

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