Thursday, August 12, 2010

APIC and CDC to Provide Guidance on New CMS HAI Data-Reporting Mandate

The big news on July 30th, 2010 was that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services (CMS) enacted a rule requiring all Medicare participating hospitals to report data on central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) and surgical site infections (SSIs). Hospitals not submitting data on CLABSIs and SSIs may experience reduction in reimbursement payments.

APIC has taken the lead on providing information and guidance on the new reporting mandates with a webinar (details, link, and schedule still pending) in mid-August with speakers from CDC and CMS to discuss the reporting requirements. Additionally, both CMS and CDC are updating documents, support, and training.

HHS has also announced that its Hospital Compare web site will begin publicly reporting on infection rates among participating hospitals. Consumer Reports has similar data now, but Hospital Compare data can be expected to be more prevalent and current following the CMS rule and the 3,500 enrollments into the CDC’s NHSN program by Medicare participating hospitals.

Resources and information on CMS HAI Data-Reporting Rule:

CDC: New to NHSN? Page

APIC Statement on New CMS Rule

CDC Blog Posts on the CMS Rule

Text of CMS Rule

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