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What’s the fuss about? Understanding HAC’s and their role within our organization

Posted By Administration, Monday, June 22, 2015

by Laura Polson, RN, BSN- CQVA Facilitator

Hospital Acquired Conditions (HAC) have long been one of Healthcare’s major concerns. So what has changed? What’s all the fuss about?

Increased transparency of information which had previously been held from public view has driven renewed efforts to improve safety and reduce hospital acquired infection (HAI) rates. Government and employers (such as The Leapfrog Group) have posted outcomes by facility and clinician, much to their chagrin and more amazingly, their surprise. Data tracked and shared only in committee, hidden from staff and treated as the skeleton in our closets is now driving an amazing transformation long overdue.

This renewed focus on quality, driven in part by public outcry, has caught its second wind based largely on reimbursement cuts. The government Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) measures and HCAHPS patient satisfaction surveys hope to prove the old adage that poor quality care is very expensive. In that regard, quality outcomes across the nation have seen some dramatic improvements and all the while our consumers are growing savvier.

Major news media coverage of antibiotic resistant strains, devices carrying transmissible diseases, and potential epidemic threats has also forced us to readdress past policies and procedures including our chosen supply resources.

Value Analysis Professionals (VAP) are a critical pivot point to the spokes of this giant wheel we call Healthcare. It is through the integration of the Infection Control, Quality Assurance, Risk Management, IT, Administration (and others) along with clinical expertise and evidence based practices through which Supply Chain utilization can provide the resources and infrastructure to coordinate all other silo efforts.

Can you share a recent experience you’ve had at your facility or network where you had to coordinate a practice and/or supply chain conversion to address some of the latest HAC issues? Email your answer to: and we’ll publish in the next newsletter.

Tags:  antibiotic resistant strains  HAC  HAI rates  helathcare  quality care  safety  transparency  Value Analysis Professionals  VAP 

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