Audit of Infection Data an Essential Component of HAI Public Reporting

New Orleans, July 14, 2010 – Findings from the New York State Department of Health reveal the benefits of an audit process to validate healthcare-associated infection (HAI) data. Results of New York’s validation process were presented today at the 37th Annual Conference and International Meeting of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). New York, along with a growing number of U.S. states, has laws mandating that hospitals report certain types of HAIs to the state health department via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) HAI monitoring system, the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). Click here for...

Lessons from efforts to reduce hospital-acquired infections

In health care reform discussions, talk inevitably turns to making hospitals and physicians accountable for patient outcomes.  But in a commentary being published in the July 14 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, Johns Hopkins patient safety expert Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., argues that the health care industry doesn’t yet have measurable, achievable and routine ways to prevent patient harm — and that, in many cases, there are too many barriers in the way to attain them. One of the most important first steps, he says, is to eliminate the arrogance — of physicians who are overconfident about the quality of care they provide or always believe things will go right and aren’t prepared when they don’t, and of hospital officials who fail to aggressively address problems like hospital-acquired infections. Click here for...

APIC E-News July 7, 2010

CMS Releases Proposed Changes to 2011 Outpatient Payment On July 2, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released proposed changes to the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System for 2011. Citing the 2009 National Healthcare Quality Report, which showed a lack of progress in reducing healthcare-associated infection (HAI) rates, the proposed rule is open for public comment on whether to include quality measures that assess HAI performance. Click here for...