Sepsis Trumps Four Medical Conditions Tracked by CMS for Hospital Readmission Rates

January 23, 2017

Sepsis accounts for considerably more hospital readmissions and associated costs than any of the four medical conditions tracked by the federal government to measure quality of care and guide pay-for-performance reimbursements, according to an analysis led by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.

CMS Surveys: A Primer for the Infection Preventionist

June 24, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) maintains systems of oversight as part of its general mission to strengthen and modernize healthcare in the United States. Monitoring systems are a crucial component in CMS’s mission, factoring into all four of its strategic goals of better care and lower costs, prevention and population health, expanded healthcare coverage, and enterprise excellence.

HHS Proposes to Improve Care for Nursing Home Residents

July 13, 2015

A proposal announced today at the White House Conference on Aging would make major changes to improve the care and safety of the nearly 1.5 million residents in the more than 15,000 long-term care facilities or nursing homes that particip

CMS Proposes Major Initiative for Hip and Knee Replacements

July 10, 2015

Hip and knee replacements are some of the most common surgeries that Medicare beneficiaries receive. In 2013, there were more than 400,000 inpatient primary procedures, costing Medicare more than $7 billion for hospitalization alone.

CMS Backs Sterilization Terminology Change

September 9, 2014

The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) is reporting that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has told its state survey agency directors to abandon the term "flash sterilization" in favor o