CMS Nonpayment Policy Has Had No Effect on Rates of Preventable Infection, Study Finds

October 17, 2012 | Risk Management News


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 2008 policy to stop reimbursement for certain preventable hospital-acquired conditions has had no measurable effect on reducing the country’s rates of central-line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), or ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), concludes a study published in the October 11, 2012, New England Journal of Medicine. The study, which included 398 hospitals or health systems contributing 14,817 to 28,339 hospital-unit-months, used regression models to measure the effect of the policy on changes in infection rates, adjusting for baseline trends.

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