The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is proposing to collect from hospitals two measures of healthcare-acquired infections, beginning with Jan. 1, 2011 discharges, which would influence Medicare payment determinations starting in fiscal year 2013.

The measures would cover central line associated blood stream infections and surgical site infections, according to a proposed rule for inpatient prospective payment systems for acute care hospitals and the long-term care hospital prospective payment system for fiscal year 2011. CMS published the proposed rule on May 4 in the Federal Register. The agency, in the rule, expressed concern about the lack of progress in reducing the rates of health care-associated infections that was recently reported in the 2009 National Healthcare Quality Report.

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