Soon to be re­quired: re­port­ing health­care-as­so­ci­ated in­fec­tions

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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.

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