Medicare Prospective Payment

Medicare Prospective Payment – The Ethical Implications of Converging Clinical and Financial Decisions in Long-Term Care


The principles of bioethics indicate that Prospective Payment has a moral dimension. Because Prospective Payment unifies clinical and financial decisions, it poses problems for long-term care facilities, especially those motivated by a humanitarian mission rather than financial considerations. This article outlines how Prospective Payment conflicts with the ethical principles of respect for persons, autonomy, justice, promise keeping, and fidelity.

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