HHS announced $9 million in funding for state health departments to boost their monitoring of infections at ambulatory surgical centers.
$9 million marked for infection monitoring at ASCs
The money, allocated through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, will go to agencies in 43 states to help them use an infection-control tool developed in part by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as CMS tracer methodologies to track patient progress throughout their care in the outpatient centers. The other seven states have agreed to conduct monitoring without extra HHS funding because of the small number of ASCs located there, said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius during a conference call.
As more procedures are performed in ASCs, patients are at risk of contracting infections in those centers, Sebelius said. By conducting greater surveying of surgical practices in outpatient settings, HHS is meeting activities outlined in its 2009 Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections, Sebelius said.
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