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4 Good News Stories on HAI, and a Bonus

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 11, 2010

Those 10 are: foreign objects retained after surgery, air embolism, blood incompatibility, stage three or four pressure ulcers, falls or trauma, poor glycemic control, catheter-associated urinary tract infection, vascular catheter associated infections, surgical site infections following certain procedures, deep vein thrombosis and/or pulmonary embolism.

As CMS says in its fact sheet, the agency "continues to believe that this policy (of using financial reward, measurement tools, performance results and enforcement of conditions of participation) plays an integral role in promoting quality of care and considers it to be part of an array of Medicare VBP (value based purchasing) tools that CMS believes will promote increased quality and efficiency of care."

It is, the agency says, "transforming Medicare from a passive payer to an active purchaser of higher value healthcare services."

A new era in healthcare is being launched.  And it is indeed good news.

Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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