LEEDer Group Inc.
8508 North West 66th St.
Miami, Florida 33166 USA

Phone: 305.436.5030
Fax: 305.436.0086
E-mail Address: info {at] LEEDerGroup [dot] com

2014-10 CMS Reports: Hospital-Acquired Conditions Should Be Better Controlled

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October 29, 2014

The Impact of Hospital-Acquired Conditions on Medicare Program Payments
  • According to findings reported in “The Impact of Hospital-Acquired Conditions on Medicare Program Payments,â€? published in Volume 4, Issue 4 of the Medicare & Medicaid Research Review, certain conditions or infections acquired by Medicare patients during hospital stays cost the Medicare program at least $146 million per year more than the cost if these conditions or infections would have been prevented.
  • These conditions—including severe pressure ulcers; fractures; catheter-associated urinary tract infections; vascular catheter-associated infections; surgical site infections following certain spinal, shoulder, or elbow procedures; and deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism following hip or knee replacements—could reasonably have been prevented through the application of evidence-based guidelines.
Improving care quality in hospitals to prevent these conditions has the potential to significantly reduce Medicare costs.