CLABSI Added to CMS Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program

November 11, 2010

Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) has been added as a measure required to be reported under the CMS Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program (Reporting Program), formerly known as the Reporting Hospital Quality Data for Annual Payment Update (RHQDAPU) Program.

A SDPS  memorandum, memo NBR: 10-318-HD, was issued on November 8, 2010 giving notice that hospitals participating in the Reporting Program must submit CLABSI data to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).

The CLABSI measure reporting requirements will assess the rate of laboratory confirmed cases of CLABSIs in adult, pediatric, and neonatal intensive care units.

All hospitals participating in the Reporting Program must submit quarterly data if the hospital has an ICU in which there were central line days, submit quarterly data if the hospital has an ICU, but there are no central line days, and submit a required notice if the hospital does not have ICU beds.

NHSN training, enrollment, and participation requirements must also be met.

For more information, view the SDPS memo.

To obtain additional information about NHSN training and enrollment, or to view the Agreement to Participate and Consent Form, visit the CDC’s NHSN webpage.

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