APIC provides input to CMS on hospital outpatient, ASC, and ESRD payment rules


APIC submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on infection-related provisions in the CY 2015 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System (OPPS/ASC) and the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Facility Prospective Payment System proposed rules. Comments on OPPS/ASC were submitted jointly with the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), and addressed issues including removal of “topped-out” measures for quality reporting programs and clarification of data submission deadlines and reporting requirements for healthcare personnel (HCP) influenza vaccination. APIC comments on the ESRD proposed rule included issues related to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Bloodstream Infection in Hemodialysis Outcome Measure and HCP influenza vaccination reporting.

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