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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) Reduction Program implemented financial penalties for poorly performing hospitals in federal fiscal year 2015. However, higher-quality hospitals appear to be penalized significantly more often in the HAC program than lower-quality hospitals.1 In federal fiscal year 2016, surgical site infection (SSI) outcome measures for colon surgery and abdominal hysterectomy will be incorporated into the HAC program. Our objective was to evaluate the association between hospital characteristics and SSI measures.
Minami CA, Dahlke AR, Barnard C, Kinnier CV, Rajaram RR, Noskin GA, Bilimoria KY. Association Between Hospital Characteristics and Performance on the New Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program’s Surgical Site Infection Measures. JAMA Surg. 2016;151(8):777-779. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2016.0408