Details for Title: Public gets early snapshot of MRSA and C. difficile infections in individual hospitals

CMS: December 12, 2013

New data posted today and gathered through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) gives patients a first look at how their local hospitals are doing at preventing Clostridium difficileinfections (deadly diarrhea) and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections.  This information, as well as other hospital performance measures, is collected as part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program and is publicly available on the Hospital Compare website.

The numbers represent only the first quarter of 2013; measurements of how hospitals are doing will be more precise and provide a more complete picture as more information is collected over time.  The next update, which will represent six months of data, is scheduled for April 2014. Read more