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CMS Announces Error in Calculation of CDiff Infection Performance During First 2 Quarters 2014

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AHA News reports on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announcement relating to an error in calculating Clostridium difficile infection performance during the first two quarters of 2014.  This error affects hospital performance in the fiscal year 2017 Hospital Acquired Condition Reduction Program, baseline performance in the FY 2018 hospital value-based purchasing program, and measure data reported on Hospital Compare in 2015.  As a result, CMS is conducting a second review and corrections period for the FY 2017 HAC program from today through Sept. 30 to allow hospitals to review their updated C Difficile performance. CMS also has updated the baseline period performance standard for the FY 2018 VBP program, and intends to update the archived databases of Hospital Compare to reflect corrected performance data.

CMS used the First and Second Quarter CDI measure data for the publicly reported results on the CMS Hospital Compare website during the April 2015, July 2015, October 2015, and December 2015 releases
Dec 2015 data release: 14Q2_15Q1
Oct 2015 data release: 14Q1_14Q4
July 2015 data release: 13Q4_14Q3
April 2015 data release: 13Q3_14Q2
(note in Dec 2014 data release for this measure was 13Q1_13Q4)

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