Medicare Will Link Payment to the Reporting of Certain HAIs Beginning 2011
Hospital acquired infections (HAIs) are costly in both lives and money. In an effort to force hospitals to do more to decrease HAIs, Medicare will link payment to the reporting of certain HAIs beginning January 1, 2011.
For now the HAIs that must be reported will include central line-associated blood stream infection (CLABSI). Central lines are special intravenous lines placed into a large vein such as the jugular vein.
These lines are used when large amounts of fluid are need as in burn or trauma patients. They can be used to draw blood as well as provide access for antibiotics, medications, and chemotherapy. Often central lines are left in place for weeks rather than days.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) an estimated 248,000 bloodstream infections occur in U.S. hospitals each year.
It is believed that a large proportion of these are associated with the presence of a central line.
Beginning in 2012, hospitals will have to report the number and rate of surgical site infections, which occur more than 290,000 times a year and claim more than 8,200 lives.
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