December 14, 2017

CMS adds new measures to inpatient rehab, long-term care hospital compare websites

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    CMS on Tuesday announced that it has added four new quality measures that users can view on its Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Compare Website and its Long-Term Care Hospital Compare Website.

    CMS said it added measures to the websites regarding:

    • Facility onset of Methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteremia;
    • Patient outcomes for facility-onset Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infection;
    • The percentage of health care workers at the facilities who have received the influenza vaccine; and
    • The percentage of patients at the facilities who receive the flu vaccine.

    CMS also provided summaries of findings on the new measures. For long-term care hospitals, CMS said the:

    • Average flu vaccination rate among health care personnel was 77%;
    • National Standardized Infection Ratio of facility-onset MRSA was 0.909; and
    • National Standardized Infection Ratio of facility-onset c. diff was 0.846.

    CMS did not release data on the percentage of long-term care hospital patients who were vaccinated for the flu because of "errors in the measure calculations," the agency said.

    For inpatient rehabilitee facilities, CMS said the:

    • Average flu vaccination rate among health care personnel was 84%;
    • Average flu vaccination rate among patients was 91%;
    • National Standardized Infection Ratio of facility-onset MRSA was 1.18; and
    • National Standardized Infection Ratio of facility-onset c. diff was 1.16 (Morse, Healthcare Finance News, 12/12; Castellucci, Modern Healthcare, 12/12; CMS Long-Term Care Hospital fact sheet, 12/12; CMS Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility fact sheet, 12/12).

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