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Infection Prevention: Four Key Actions

Posted by Pam Duchene on Tue, Mar 26, 2019


Compliance • Audits/Analysis • Reimbursement/Regulatory/Rehab • Education/Efficiency • Survey

Mom was Right - the Answer is in Your Hands

Septicemia and urinary tract infections are identified as the primary reasons for patients to require care in a skilled nursing facility after a hospitalization.[1]  In the report, Adverse Events in Skilled Nursing Facilities (Levinson, D, & General, I, 2014), 26% of the adverse events identified for individuals entering nursing facilities were infection related.  These two factors are key reasons why the changes to the Requirements of Participation focused on prevention and addressing infection control. 

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Topics: Infection Prevention

CMS Initiates Pilot of Infection Assessment & Prevention Improvement Surveys

Posted by The Harmony Team on Mon, Feb 29, 2016

With a heightened focus on the growing issues with infection, specifically the Ebola Virus, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has teamed up with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to begin a process of providing surveys and education across the healthcare continuum.  The intent of this process is to assist the industry with identifying issues with infection control practices and develop procedures to assist with prevention of cross contamination and the spread of disease. The initial primary focus of this plan will be nursing facilities and hospitals. CMS offered the following summary in a recent press release.

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Topics: CMS, Survey, Infection Prevention, Infections

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