Healthcare organizations urge CMS to suspend new sepsis management measure

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

September 2, 2015

Four major healthcare organizations asked CMS to postpone implementation of the severe sepsis and septic shock management bundle measurement that is scheduled to go into effect October 1, 2015. The measure as currently written calls for the use of broad spectrum antibiotics to treat severe sepsis and septic shock.

The group—which consists of the American Health Association, America’s Essential Hospitals, Association of American Medical Colleges, and the Federation of American Hospitals—is urging CMS to refine the measure so that it more closely aligns with the antimicrobial stewardship initiative put forth by the CDC and the White House earlier this summer.

“By encouraging the use of broad spectrum antibiotics when more targeted ones will suffice, this measure promotes the overuse of the antibiotics that are our last line of defense against drug-resistant bacteria,” the group wrote in a letter to CMS.

Read the full letter here.