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CMS Will Soon Track Your Failure to Rescue Data—Are You Ready?
Rebecca Hendren, Editor
Are you tracking your hospital's failure to rescue rates? You'd better be, because CMS will—starting June 1. Failure to rescue is defined as the percentage of major surgical inpatients who experience a hospital-acquired complication and die. And it's the first such nursing-sensitive performance measure on the list of 15 identified by the National Quality Forum in 2004 to be collected by CMS. [Read More]
March 30, 2010
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