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Executive Dialogue |Hospital Onset Bacteremia: Hospital leaders’ attitudes on HOB sources, prevention and treatment

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Hospital Onset Bacteremia

Hospital leaders’ attitudes on HOB sources, prevention and treatment

Clinical studies have determined that hospital onset bacteremia (HOB) and false-positive blood cultures can have significant impacts on outcomes, length of stay and cost of care. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) is developing a quality measure reflecting HOB rates. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) included the HOB measure on its 2021 Measures Under Consideration list, which means the agency could propose the measure in future CMS hospital quality-reporting and value programs. With these developments, hospital leaders have a timely opportunity to give renewed consideration to how HOB is prevented, detected, treated and reported.

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