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January 11, 2016

CMS Can Do Better on Infection Prevention and Control

Of the more than four million people in U.S. nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, and assisted living facilities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 380,000 die because of healthcare-associated infections annually. In an effort to reduce that alarming number, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services included changes in infection prevention and control in nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities as part of its larger proposed “mega rule” to improve overall quality and safety requirements. This represents a significant step because much has changed in the infection-control landscape since CMS last updated its guidance 23 years ago.