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 archives.gov/federal-register/public-inspection/index.html, under Special Filing Documents, and will be published Aug. 27 in the Federal Register.