Soon to be required: reporting healthcare-associated infections
General acute-care hospitals will soon be required to report rates of certain types of healthcare-associated infections to the CMS using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s infection surveillance system. As part of the CMS’ revisions to the inpatient prospective payment system, hospitals must submit data on their incidences of catheter-associated bloodstream infections beginning in fiscal 2011. That information will be used to calculate hospitals’ annual payment update for 2013, the CMS said in a news release. Additionally, hospitals will be required to report rates of surgical site infections beginning in fiscal 2012 for the 2014 annual payment update. This marks the first national reporting rule that mandates the use of the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network, a Web-based system created specifically for healthcare-associated infections, a CDC spokeswoman said.