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Kawai AT, Calderwood MS, Jin R
Impact of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services hospital-acquired conditions policy on billing rates for 2 targeted healthcare-associated infections.
The 2008 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) hospital-acquired conditions policy limited additional payment for conditions deemed reasonably preventable. This study examined whether this policy was associated with decreases in billing rates for 2 targeted conditions, vascular catheter-associated infections (VCAI) and catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI). The CMS policy appears to have been associated with immediate reductions in billing rates for VCAI and CAUTI, followed by a slight decreasing trend or leveling-off in rates.
Citation: Kawai AT, Calderwood MS, Jin R . Impact of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services hospital-acquired conditions policy on billing rates for 2 targeted healthcare-associated infections. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2015 Aug;36(8):871-7. doi: 10.1017/ice.2015.86.
Keywords: Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs), Policy, Medicare, Payment, Hospitals, Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI), Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), Healthcare Costs