Collaboration between Pathologists, Medical Laboratories, and Hospital Staff Substantially Reduced Hospital-Acquired Infections, AHRQ Reports

Decline in hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) overall since 2010 attributed to increased attention to safety protocols and practices by hospital staff in cooperation with clinical laboratory services It’s now been almost nine years since the Medicare Program stopped paying hospitals and other providers for certain hospital-acquired conditions (HACs). Included in this list are hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). The goal is to substantially reduce the number of HACs and HAIs, thus improving...

Public Reporting of Hospital-Acquired Infection Rates Still Not Required by a Majority of States

For example, only 21 states have passed laws requiring some reporting of surgical site infections (SSI) There is growing pressure on states to collect and report standardized, accurate data on surgical site infections (SSI) and to make that data easily accessible to patients. This renewed focus on open access to performance quality data represents another milestone in the trend toward transparency in provider outcomes and pricing for consumers. One consequence of increased tracking and...

Hospitals Object to CMS’s Web Posting of Raw Data on Hospital-Acquired Infections

American Hospital Association claims accuracy of posted HAC data not established In further step to create transparency in patient outcomes delivered by individual hospitals, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) has posted on its website information on eight hospital-acquired conditions (HAC). However, many hospital industry leaders were not happy with this action. The CMS data is specific to individual healthcare facilities that treat Medicare patients. It includes info on two...

CDC Improvement Project Reports Big Drop in the Number of Hospital-Acquired Infections

Significant Number of Hospitals Participated in Effort to Improved Patient Outcomes Long-awaited data demonstrates that hospitals can significantly reduce hospital-acquired infections (HAI). A newly-released report validates efforts by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to improve patient outcomes and increase transparency in provider performance, while containing the cost of care. Clinical laboratory testing played a role in helping participating hospitals reduce the number...

Doctors in India Sound Alarm: CRE Infections are Becoming Common in India and Killing Two-Thirds of Patients Who Contract Them While Undergoing Cancer Treatment!

As infectious bacteria become even more resistant to antibiotics, chronic disease patients with weakened immune systems are in particular danger Microbiologists and clinical laboratory managers in the United States may find it useful to learn that exceptionally virulent strains of bacteria are causing increasing numbers of cancer patient deaths in India. Given the speed with which infectious diseases spread throughout the world, it’s not surprising that deaths due to similar hospital-acquired...