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CMS delays implementation of sepsis quality measure

August 22, 2014

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will delay implementation of a chart-abstracted sepsis measure included in the inpatient prospective payment system final rule for fiscal year 2015, the agency announced today. In comments submitted in June, AHA said it was premature to finalize the bundle measure for severe sepsis and septic shock management, noting that a National Quality Forum committee has recommended revising it. “Given forthcoming research and NQF’s recommendations, with potential changes to the measure, CMS will delay data collection for the measure until further notice,” CMS said. Sepsis measure data collection was scheduled to begin on Jan. 1, 2015 for the FY 2017 inpatient quality reporting program. The delay does not affect the data collection period for any other hospital inpatient quality reporting measures. For more information, contact the quality reporting program’s support contractor at 844-472-4477 or online.