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  On Demand  CE  Infection Control CMS Interpretive Guidelines for Hospitals: A Top Priority under the Affordable Care Act
Infection control is a very important area in today''s healthcare environment. The CDC estimates that each year there are about 1.7 million Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) in America leading to 100,000 deaths. It is estimated that Healthcare Acquired Infections are responsible for nearly $20 billion in excess healthcare costs each year. This is also why HAIs are a top priority for the US Department of Health and Human Services.

CMS is planning infection control inspections to be assured hospitals are compliant with the CMS conditions of participation. This year CMS received a 50 million grant to ensure compliance with the infection control standards. HHS will use as much as $1 billion dollars in new funding under the Affordable Care Act on infection control initiatives such as the Partnership for Patients program.

The program will discuss regulatory issues focusing on infection control, standards of care, the survey process and action plans to be compliant with the current CMS Conditions of Participation along with the CDC and OSHA guidelines.

Program Objectives:
  • Explain CMS, CDC and OSHA requirements relating to infection control
  • Discuss the various standards of care
  • Examine the survey process
  • Outline an action plan to be compliant with infection control regulations
Sue Dill Calloway, RN, MSN, JD
  Sue Calloway has been a nurse attorney and medical-legal consultant for more than thirty years. She has presented numerous educational programs for nurses, physicians, and other healthcare professionals on topics such as patient safety, Joint Commission, CMS, and HIPAA issues. She is on the board for the Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Foundation.

Sue has authored over 100 books and thousands of articles. Previously she has been a nursing professor, medical malpractice defense attorney, and director of health policy and risk management for eight years for the Ohio Hospital Association. Sue is also past VP of legal services, compliance officer and privacy officer for a community hospital. She is the author of the book on the 2009 Joint Commission Leadership Standards by HCPro.

Sue Dill Calloway has disclosed no relevant, real or apparent personal or professional financial relationships.
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