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Hsu HE, Wang R, Jentzsch MS
The impact of measurement changes on evaluating hospital performance: the case of catheter-associated urinary tract infections.
Researchers observed that catheter-associated urinary tract infections in 592 hospitals immediately declined after federal value-based incentive program implementation, but found that this was fully attributable to a concurrent surveillance case definition revision. They found that post revision, more hospitals had favorable standardized infection ratios, likely leading to artificial inflation of their performance scores unrelated to changes in patient safety.
AHRQ-funded; HS000063; HS025008; HS018414.
Citation: Hsu HE, Wang R, Jentzsch MS . The impact of measurement changes on evaluating hospital performance: the case of catheter-associated urinary tract infections. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2019 Nov;40(11):1269-71. doi: 10.1017/ice.2019.240..
Keywords: Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI), Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs), Hospitals, Patient Safety, Provider Performance, Quality Measures, Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)