Health Care Providers Worried Over CMS’ New Reporting Requirements for Treating Sepsis Cases
Physicians have expressed concerns about new federal reporting requirements for treating sepsis patients in the hospital. Under CMS' new reporting requirements, which will take effect in October, severe sepsis will be defined as "a suspected source of clinical infection, two or more manifestations of systemic infection and the presence of sepsis-induced organ dysfunction." Some providers are concerned that the broad definition of sepsis under the new guidelines is unnecessary and could lead to overtreatment.
- "CMS Sepsis Measures Spark Controversy" (Frieden, MedPage Today, 8/19).