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Treatment patterns and clinical outcomes after the introduction of the Medicare Sepsis Performance Measure (SEP-1).

Barbash IJ, Davis BS, Yabes JG, et al. Treatment patterns and clinical outcomes after the introduction of the Medicare Sepsis Performance Measure (SEP-1). Ann Intern Med. Epub 2021 Apr 20. doi: 10.7326/M20-5043.

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May 5, 2021
Barbash IJ, Davis BS, Yabes JG, et al. Ann Intern Med. 2021;174(7):927-935.

Starting in 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has required hospitals to report adherence to the Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock Early Management Bundle (SEP-1). This study examined sepsis patient encounters at one health system two years before and two years after SEP-1 implementation. Results indicate variable changes in process measures but no improvement in clinical outcomes. The authors suggest revising the measure with more flexible guidelines that allow clinician discretion may improve patient outcomes.

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Barbash IJ, Davis BS, Yabes JG, et al. Treatment patterns and clinical outcomes after the introduction of the Medicare Sepsis Performance Measure (SEP-1). Ann Intern Med. Epub 2021 Apr 20. doi: 10.7326/M20-5043.