Not paying for catheter-associated urinary tract infections: more difficult than it seems

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Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; Center for Health Policy and Research



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Aged; Aged, 80 and over; Catheter-Related Infections; Cost Savings; Cross Infection; Hospital Costs; Humans; Insurance, Health, Reimbursement; Length of Stay; Medicare Assignment; Medicare Part A; Quality Improvement; Reimbursement, Incentive; United States; Urinary Tract Infections


Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Health Policy | Health Services Research | Preventive Medicine | Primary Care


Policy interventions that attempt to influence patient care can be hard to implement and their desired outcomes can be slow to achieve. The efforts of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reduce preventable infections by withholding payment for additional expenses related to catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) illustrate this challenge clearly.

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Citation: Med Care. 2014 Jun;52(6):479-81. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000000139. Link to article on publisher's site

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