The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken a troubling step backwards this month that could put all patient’s safety at risk. From now on, CMS will no longer publicly report eight conditions Americans can develop due to poor care called: “hospital acquired conditions” (HACs).
These conditions include:
- pressure ulcer stages III and IV;
- falls and trauma;
- surgical site infection after bariatric surgery, certain orthopedic procedures, and bypass surgery;
- vascular-catheter associated infection;