Report called outdated
Health groups say CDC offers better data
As the CMS proposes a boost in the amount of quality measures reported by Medicare providers, some groups are criticizing a recent report from a branch of HHS for its approach in evaluating quality of care.
The object of the groups’ ire is the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s National Healthcare Quality Report, released April 13, which pointed to jumps in the rates of postoperative sepsis and postoperative catheter-associated urinary tract infections as evidence that efforts to curb healthcareassociated infections have been unsuccessful (April 19, p. 12).
In a statement issued jointly by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, the groups called the report inaccurate and outdated, and took particular issue with AHRQ’s use of administrative coding data to determine incidences of healthcare-associated infections. “The information in the report is based on administrative data and algorithms that have never been validated,” Neil Fishman said in an interview. Fishman is president of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America and director of the department of healthcare epidemiology and infection control for the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia.
In the statement, the groups cited several recent studies that showed administrative data to be of little value in identifying healthcare-