Pharmacy OneSource Offers Free Webinar on Reporting to NHSN


Pharmacy OneSource announces a complimentary webinar with Tom Jordan, RN, BS, CIC, who will speak on the topic of "Federally Mandated CLABSI and SSI Reporting to NHSN." The webinar will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. ET.


On July 30, 2010, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule for the 2011 Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS). They have required for the first time that all Medicare-participating hospitals report data on healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), specifically central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) and surgical site infections (SSIs), through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).


Data collection begins Jan. 1, 2011. Hospitals that do not submit CLABSI and SSI data will be subject to a reduction in their Medicare Annual Payment Update starting in 2013. This data will also be publicly reported on the CMS Hospital Compare website. For hospitals not already participating in NHSN, the next few months are critical as they prepare to collect and submit data. Jordan will provide information on how to navigate within NHSN and to ensure compliance with this new requirement.


Jordan has more than 25 years of experience as a registered nurse. Prior to becoming an infection preventionist, he worked in pediatric intensive care, trauma nursing, and employee health. He has 20 years of experience in acute-care infection prevention. He has been an APIC member for many years and has contributed articles to Advance for Nurses and Nursing Spectrum.


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