Saving Lives and Reducing Harm: A CAUTI Reduction Program

Kerri Ann Scanlon, MSN, RN; Celia M. Wells, PhD(c), RN; Launette Woolforde, EdD, DNP, RN-BC; Aradhana Khameraj, MSN, RN; Jennifer Baumgarten, MBA


Nurs Econ. 2017;35(3):134-141. 

In This Article

Abstract and Introduction


BEGINNING 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) altered the guidelines and reporting structures around hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) (CMS, 2016). Moreover, to move away from volume of care to value of care, CMS, under Section 3008 of the Affordable Care Act, mandated that hospitals reduce HACs not present on admission (CMS, 2016). Otherwise, hospitals scoring in the lowest-performing quartile nationally will face a 1% reduction in overall Medicare reimbursement the following year (CMS, 2016). These changes could have financially impacted the authors' hospital by more than $2.3 million and the health system by $9.5 million for 2015 (Healthcare Association of New York State, 2015). As such, hospitals are now faced with developing new and innovative practices to improve quality measures to meet federal regulations necessary to remain fiscally strong in today's healthcare economy.