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CMS Clarifies Sepsis Measure in IQR Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has provided hospitals additional clarity for the new sepsis measure set (SEP-1) in the Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program.

In its guidance, CMS includes details for what types of documentation hospitals can use to meet the various data elements that are part of the chart-abstracted measure. Hospitals can use this guidance for implementation with acute inpatient discharges from Oct. 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016. This document should be reviewed in conjunction with all SEP-1 documentation. Additional resources for the IQR Program can be found on the QualityNet website.

Contact Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at or 202.585.0127 with questions.


About the Author

Matt Buechner is the policy and advocacy associate for America's Essential Hospitals.

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