Hospital Acquired Conditions
Hospital-Acquired Conditions: Protect Patients and Avoid Financial Penalties
Audio Conference on CD or Audio On-Demand
Sponsored by the Quality Improvement Report
presented on October 22, 2008
CMS will not pay for preventable conditions unless they are documented as present on admission.The day of reckoning has arrived. Beginning October 1, 2007, CMS stopped paying for hospital-acquired conditions if they were reasonably preventable. More important than the financial toll, however, is the human toll these complications have on your patients. Now more than ever, it is critical to have a plan in place to successfully screen for and protect patients from these conditions.
Get the information you need straight from the source.
Listen to this 90-minute audio conference. Our expert speakers offer a clear understanding of what CMS is looking for and what it plans for the future—as well as strategies for preventing some surgical complications.
MEET THE SPEAKERS
Thomas B. Valuck, MD, MHSA, JD, medical officer and senior advisor in the Center for Medicare Management at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Dr. Valuck advises CMS leadership on clinical and policy issues related to Medicare's payment systems and quality initiatives, particularly pay for performance. He recently served as director of CMS' temporary special program office for value-based purchasing, which was responsible for the initial implementation of Medicare physician and hospital pay-for-performance initiatives.
Dale W. Bratzler, DO, MPH, is the medical director of the Hospital Interventions Quality Improvement Organization Support Center and the Hospital Quality of Care Measures Special Study at the Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality. In these roles, he provides clinical and technical support for local and national quality improvement initiatives including the Medicare National Pneumonia Project and the National Surgical Care Improvement Project. Dr. Bratzler is a Past President of the American Health Quality Association and was recently appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
After this program, participants will:
- Understand what the conditions are and why they were selected
- Apply techniques to prevent these conditions
- Identify risk factors for surgical site infections
- Understand the prevalence of DVT in the hospital population
- Identify national performance measures for some of the no-pay conditions, including catheter associated urinary tract infections
- Learn best practices for preventing DVT, PE, VTE
TAKE A LOOK AT THE AGENDA
- Value based purchasing initiative
- Extent of the problem
- Statutory requirements
- How CMS selected conditions
- How to implement the POA documentation
- Selection of conditions
- What was the process
- Which ones were chosen
- Why others weren’t chosen
- The relationship between the selected conditions and the National Quality Forum’s “never events”
- POA indicator reporting
- What the future holds
- How to get further involved
- Get engaged in the policy issues and be involved in the implementation
- New performance measures for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) prevention
- The ongoing need to improve surgical safety
- How the World Health Organization’s surgery checklist can prevent complications
- Proposed new measures for the Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) and for the prevention of VTE
- New performance measures for preventing urinary tract infections
- Risk factors for surgical site infections
- Best practices for antibiotic administration
- SCIP Infection 9: Urinary catheter removed on postoperative day 1 or postoperative day 2 with the day of surgery being day zero
- Consequences of hypothermia
- SCIP Infection 10: Surgical normothermia
A question and answer session follows the program.
BONUS MATERIAL INCLUDED IN YOUR MATERIALS PACKET
In addition to the expertise and advice presented during this audio conference, you'll also receive a slide presentation of the program materials, as well as stories from HCPro's Quality Improvement Report on how to:
- Prevent patient falls
- Prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections
- Prevent pressure ulcers
- Control diabetic patients’ blood sugars
WHO SHOULD LISTEN?
Quality/performance improvement professionals, nurse managers, infection control officers, surgeons, risk management, C-suite, and physicians.
In addition to the regular purchase options for HCPro audio conferences, we are pleased to offer another option, audio on-demand. This option allows you to download the program and play it back at your convenience through your computer or MP3 player. Purchase a CD or audio on-demand of the program and listen when you can. It's also a perfect training tool for new staff or as a refresher for veteran staff.
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