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Get ready for CMS hospital infection control inspections

March 19, 2013

ATLANTA — The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is finalizing a hospital infection control survey and is expected to begin inspections in the coming months, a move that observers see as a likely prelude to new regulations to prevent health care associated infections (HAIs), according to a  press release.

cms logoThe CMS survey program comes as a direct result of increasing public outrage about HAIs, which are increasingly seen as preventable but still cause 100,000 patient deaths a year, the release stated.

According to the release, the CMS is currently finalizing a "pilot" version of the survey, and is then expected to begin inspections with a tool that includes a sweeping assessment of infection control programs and resources, quality improvement, multidrug-resistant organisms, antibiotic stewardship, employee health, hand hygiene, needle use, environmental services and cleaning and reprocessing of equipment.

CMS created the infection control survey in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), forging a federal partnership that has far-reaching implications, the release noted.

Click here to read the release in its entirety.