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Medicare IPPS Adds Quality Measures

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Health Data Management writes: Medicare will add four quality measures for hospitals to report under a final rule establishing the fiscal year 2010 prospective payment systems for inpatient acute care and long-term care hospitals.

Two new quality measures relate to surgery. They cover urinary catheter removal and perioperative temperature management. Two other new “structural” measures cover participation in a systematic clinical database registry for nursing sensitive care or stroke care.

The final rule is on display at, under Special Filing Documents, and will be published Aug. 27 in the Federal Register.

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