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Healthcare-Associated Infection

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JumpStart Stewardship Workbook: Implementing Antimicrobial Stewardship in a Small, Rural Hospital

This workbook provides small hospitals with tools and guidance for creating a framework and strategic plan to help them implement a right-sized stewardship program.

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Hospital acquired infections are the most common complication of hospital care and are among the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States. Designed to leverage the power of collaboration, to spread best practices, and to connect participants to effective resources – the Qualis Health HAI-focused Learning and Action Network aims to reduce HAIs over the next two to five years.

Qualis Health is partnering with hospitals in Idaho and Washington to:

  • improve basic infection prevention practice,
  • reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs*),
  • reduce hospital-onset Clostridium difficile infections (CDIs), and/or central-line associated blood stream infections (CLABSIs)

Reducing HAIS saves lives and reduces costs. Additionally, with “pay for performance” programs in effect, higher-than-expected HAIs can significantly increase hospitals’ risk for payment penalties.

*According to the March 2014 National Healthcare Safety Network report, Idaho and Washington State have a higher than expected rate of CAUTI.


Working with HIINs

Nationwide, CMS has modified its QIN-QIO contracts to address recent program changes.

As a result of those changes, Qualis Health is transitioning its role assisting hospitals in reducing inpatient healthcare-associated infections to CMS’ newly-awarded Hospital Improvement and Innovation Networks (HIINs), and collaborating with the HIINs to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions.

We are working together with the HIINs in Idaho and Washington to assure a smooth transition.

Going forward, we are directing our infection prevention and quality improvement expertise toward the implementation of antimicrobial stewardship programs in ambulatory surgery centers, dialysis clinics, physician practices and other outpatient settings of care to reduce inappropriate use of antibiotics.