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Medicaid program; payment adjustment for provider-preventable conditions including health care–acquired conditions.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. 42 CFR Parts 434, 438, and 447: June 1, 2011.
This final rule prohibits federal reimbursements to states for costs associated with health care–acquired conditions. The regulations are effective as of July 1, 2011.
Oakbrook Terrace, IL: Joint Commission; May 17, 2011.
This announcement reveals the new National Patient Safety Goal for 2012, which aims to reduce catheter-acquired infections in hospitals.
Legislation/Regulation > Congressional Testimony
Health-Care–Associated Infections in Hospitals: Continuing Leadership Needed from HHS to Prioritize Prevention Practices and Improve Data on These Infections.
Subcommittee on Health Care, Committee on Finance, US Senate, Government Accountability Office, GAO-09-516T (March 18, 2009) (testimony of Marjorie Kanof, MD).
This Congressional testimony summarizes a 2008 investigation and responds to its findings. It suggests that prioritization of effort, data consistency, and data compatibility are needed to improve health care–associated infection reduction efforts.
Health-Care-Associated Infections in Hospitals: Leadership Needed from HHS to Prioritize Prevention Practices and Improve Data on these Infections.
Washington, DC: United States Government Accountability Office; March 31, 2008. Publication GAO-08-283.
This report examines US government standards, procedures, and data collection methods related to health-care-associated infections (HAI) and recommends increased integration across program databases.
Legislation/Regulation > Pennsylvania Legislation
General Assembly of Pennsylvania. SB968 (2007).
This bill requires that Pennsylvania hospitals and nursing homes implement an internal infection control plan and report hospital-acquired infections.