Some 1,500 U.S. hospitals could lose annual payment increases from WellPoint (WLP) if they don't...

|By:, SA News Editor

Some 1,500 U.S. hospitals could lose annual payment increases from WellPoint (WLP) if they don't score high enough on the big insurer's new test to measure the quality of patient care. The change is part of a broader shift within the health industry to compensate healthcare providers based on the quality of care instead of the volume of tests and treatments they perform.