Hospitals that receive Medicare payments are required to administer a standardized questionnaire called the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) on a random basis to patients after discharge to gauge their satisfaction with care. In the next year, these HCAHPS scores will be used as part of a pay-for-performance program under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to determine how a 1 percent cut in Medicare reimbursements  will be redistributed as $1 billion in quality bonuses to top-performing hospitals. Here is a snapshot of the most current results of Central Iowa hospitals for four of they survey areas, compared with state and national averages. (Measured in percent of patients who said ... )