CMS to require certain facilities to report HAIs, other quality indicators

Accreditation Connection, January 20, 2012

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will, beginning this month, require some organizations to report specific quality indicators, such as healthcare-associated infections (HAI). The requirements come through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).

The requirements vary depending on the type of facility. For example, acute care facilities that participate in the inpatient prospective payment system should report several specific items, such as adult catheter-associated urinary tract infections, as well as those from pediatric intensive care units, and surgical site infections connected to colon surgery and abdominal hysterectomy.

For more information on this topic, visit The Joint Commission’s website.

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