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September 30, 2019

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Learn How to Decrease C. diff Cases by Nearly 60% Annually While Maximizing Reimbursements, a Practical Case Study of San Juan Regional Medical Center

C. diff is one of the hospital-acquired infections that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) considers when it comes to reducing harm to a patient. Per San Juan’s CMS Hospital-Acquired Conditions (HAC) report, C. diff represented one of the largest areas of opportunity to reduce infections at the facility. Since 2017, San Juan Regional Medical Center has had significant improvements in its C. diff prevention process

San Juan Regional’s hospital-onset C. diff SIR for 2017 was 1.022. It decreased by 25% in 2018 to 0.760, and for the first half of 2019 its C. diff SIR has decreased another 59% to 0.31. From 2017 to 2018, San Juan Regional was able to avoid 14 C. diff cases through its process improvement efforts. According to San Juan Regional, the estimated cost of an individual hospital-onset C. diff infection is $11,285. This would translate to an estimated cost savings of $157,990.

San Juan Regional Medical Center implemented a UVC disinfection program in 2014. Through a multifaceted approach and a commitment to patient safety, it has not only seen its infection rates drop, but has also maximized reimbursements while also improving the community’s perception of the facility.

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