A new study published in the Journal of Critical Care examined the impact of the policies that require hospitals to engage in sepsis quality improvement on safety net hospitals. Researchers analyzed data from 2827 hospitals, defining safety-net hospitals using financial case mix data. The 703 safety-net hospitals performed worse on the CMS SEP-1 quality measure and this association was most evident in hospitals not affiliated with health systems. The authors concluded existing sepsis policies may harm safety-net hospitals and widen health disparities.
- Sepsis quality in safety-net hospitals: An analysis of Medicare’s SEP-1 performance measure. Journal of Critical Care. August 2019