Study: Penalties in HAC program influenced by number of cases, bed size

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Performance in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Hospital-acquired Conditions Reduction Program is heavily influenced by hospital size, according to a new study in the American Journal of Medical Quality. Researchers from the AHA, KNG Health Consulting, the Network for Excellence in Health... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, HAC, hospital-acquired conditions

What the HAC is going on?

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The Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program, or HAC program, by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service (CMS), is broken. In yesterday’s American Journal of Medical Quality, the AHA and our research partners at KNG Health Consulting, Network for Excellence in Health Innovation and the... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, quality, patient safety, HAC

Hospital-acquired conditions fall 21% over five years

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Hospital-acquired conditions declined by 21% (3.1 million) between 2010 and 2015, saving an estimated 125,000 lives and $28 billion in health care costs, according to results reported today by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Central line-associated bloodstream infections fell by 91%;... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, HAC, hospital-acquired conditions

Reminder: Sept. 30 deadline for FY 2017 HAC review and corrections period

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is conducting through Sept. 30 a second review and corrections period for the fiscal year 2017 Hospital Acquired Condition Reduction Program due to an error in calculating Clostridium difficile infection performance during the first two quarters of 2014. CMS... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, value-based purchasing, HAC, VBP

Infection measure data issue prompts additional FY 2017 HAC review and corrections period and other updates

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced an error in calculating Clostridium difficile infection performance during the first two quarters of 2014.

This error affects hospital performance in the fiscal year 2017 Hospital Acquired Condition Reduction Program, baseline performance in the... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: HAC

CMS alerts hospitals to error in HAC hospital-specific reports

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services today alerted hospitals to an error in some hospital-specific reports for hospital-acquired conditions distributed June 9 to hospitals and critical access hospitals. The reports had the wrong hospital name in Table 2, but all of the data was correct for the... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, HAC

Hospital-acquired conditions fall 17% over three years

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Hospital-acquired conditions declined by 17% (1.3 million) between 2010 and 2013, saving an estimated 50,000 lives and $12 billion in health care costs, according to final results reported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Adverse drug events fell by 44%, pressure ulcers by 21% and... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: HENs, HAC

Reminder: Corrections to revised HAC penalty preview reports due Oct. 21

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last week re-issued hospital-specific reports to all hospitals in the fiscal year 2016 Hospital Acquired Condition Reduction Program to correct inaccuracies in the surgical site infection measure scores. The revised reports also include updated domain 2 and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, HAC

Hospital corrections to HAC data due Aug. 14

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Hospitals are encouraged to review their hospital-specific reports for the Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program and submit any corrections before the 30-day review and correction period ends Aug. 14. The reports include a summary of the hospital’s results on the program’s quality measures, domain... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, HAC

Study: HAC Reduction Program may not accurately measure hospital quality

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Hospitals with structural characteristics reflecting volume, accreditations and advanced services tend to perform better than others on publicly reported quality measures but are penalized significantly in the Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program, according to a study published this week in the... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, HAC, hospital-acquired conditions

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