Healthcare Reform: A Primer for the Infection Preventionist
Infection prevention's role in quality improvement initiatives is becoming more of an imperative within the overall efforts by healthcare institutions to preserve reimbursements tied to adverse events and other preventable conditions and infections. This report provides a brief overview of various aspects of healthcare reform pertinent to clinicians and infection preventionists tasked with achieving better patient outcomes.
The changing healthcare landscape is being shaped by the Affordable Care Act, which has introduced significant drivers of change, including CMS readmission penalties, non-payment for healthcare-acquired conditions (HACs), as well as value-based purchasing. Key regulatory requirements include reportable quality metrics, measured patient outcomes, patient satisfaction reporting, plus evidence-based medicine practices/protocols. Within this new era, healthcare provider opportunities include lowering and/or eliminating readmissions, eliminating healthcare-acquired infections, increasing patient satisfaction and improving patient outcomes
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