Study: CMS Policy On Hospital-Acquired Conditions Had Little Impact

July 05, 2018
A CMS policy intended to penalize hospitals by barring Medicare reimbursements for hospital-acquired conditions may be having little impact because hospitals can skirt the policy through careful use of billing codes, according to a recent study published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology . The study comes shortly after CMS touted statistics showing a continuous decline in hospital-acquired conditions . Researchers analyzed rates of two types of hospital-acquired infections--central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) and catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI)--in hospitalizations...

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