Hazleton General Hospital ranks first in the state in a new measure that the federal government uses to assess value in health care.
Through the Affordable Health Care Act, the federal government will increase or decrease a small percentage of Medicare payments to hospitals based on the ratings.
For the past few years, the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania used federal data and formulas to let hospitals know how they compare under value-based purchasing.
“For Hazleton General Hospital, of 136 hospitals which we have data for, they ranked No. 1,” Martin Ciccocioppo, vice president of research for the hospital association, said. “Out of the whole country … Hazleton General Hospital, in our analysis, is 23 of 2,843.”