CMS Unveils Data On Hospital-Acquired Conditions

The Federal government has recently released data allowing consumers to learn how often patients in local hospitals acquire infections, develop bed sores or are harmed by gas or air bubbles entering blood vessels. This information regarding hospital-acquired conditions will guide consumers when choosing hospitals and facilities. CMS stated that it is working together with the hospital and consumer community to bring hospital acquired conditions into the public view.

For more than two years, CMS has banned reimbursements for care resulting from HACs, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires the same policy to be extended to state Medicaid programs.