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CDC To Revise Bloodstream Infection Predictive Models

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced an error detected in predictive models used for the 2015 National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Standardized Infection Ratio (SIR) re-baseline effort.

This error affects the 2015 and 2016 catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) models used to report and analyze data for acute care hospitals, long-term acute care hospitals, and inpatient rehabilitation facilities. The CDC is creating new CAUTI models and SIRs for health care facilities affected by the error.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is working with the CDC to determine how the error affected CMS programs and will issue more information on payment and public reporting effects. CMS will field questions about Medicare programs and public reporting at hospitalcompare@hsag.com, while CDC will handle questions related to NHSN data at nhsn@cdc.gov.

Contact Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with other questions.

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Emily Schweich is a communications associate for America's Essential Hospitals.