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Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) – Serious Business:
How Do You Build Your Business Case?
 Session Overview

There is a terrific business case for reducing Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs). Zero is the number and now is the time, and senior leaders need to understand the numbers so that they can act. Revenue from government and private purchasers will clearly hinge on immediate action. During this webinar, you will hear from subject matter experts and front-line leaders waging their war on HAIs. We will feature key concepts and newly available tools that you can use quantify the enormous opportunity for senior leaders. Arjun Srinivasan, MD, our leader from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will review the latest CDC initiatives on HAIs. Denise Murphy, both a national expert and front-line safety leader, will lay out the principles for the business case for prevention of HAIs. Chris Hollenbeak and Franck Guilloteau will review a newly developed impact calculator that provides one view of the impact of HAIs. This webinar is a "must-view" for anyone targeting Hospital-Acquired Conditions (HACs), which will likely be tied to future payment from all purchasers.

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Related Resources:
APIC's website.  
APIC's mission is to improve health and patient safety by reducing risks of infection and other adverse outcomes. The Association's more than 13,000 members have primary responsibility for infection prevention, control, and hospital epidemiology in healthcare settings around the globe.
APIC Cost of Hospital-Associated Infections Model  
The APIC calculator is an update of the 2007 calculator. It is a population-based model that uses point estimates abstracted from the most recent literature to provide expected infection rates, expected excess costs, and expected excess length of stay for CLABSI, CAUTI, CDI, MRSA, SSI, and VAP.
HCUP Cost of HAI Calculator  
The HCUP HAI Cost Calculator is a predictive software model that provides more targeted estimates of HAI incidence, cost, and length-of-stay impact based on hospital size, geographic location, teaching status, and patient admissions. It uses single-source data for the HCUP NIS data set and a series of linear regressions to calculate the impact of six HAIs (CLABSI, CAUTI, CDI, MRSA, SSI, and VAP).

This tool was built with two types of users in mind:
  1. Those who have data on the number, cost, and length of stay (LOS) associated with infections at their institutions will use this tool to help validate HAI priorities by providing graphs of their data side-by-side with summaries from a peer group of similar hospitals.
  2. Those who do not have data on the number, cost, and LOS associated with infections at their institutions will use this tool to provide relevant estimates of HAI frequency, cost, and LOS based on a peer group of similar hospitals.

The No Outcome-No Income Tsunamiis Here: Are You a Surfer, Swimmer, or Sinker? Denham CR  
Chasing Zero: Can Reality Meet the Rhetoric? Denham CR, et al  
The Chasing Zero Department: Making Idealized Design a Reality Denham CR, et al  
CEOS: Meet Your New Revenue Preservation Officer...Your PSO Denham CR  
Greenlight Issues for the CFO: Investing in Patient Safety Denham CR  
Registration Information and CE Credit Information:
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 When:  February 17, 2011, Time: 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. ET
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Learning Objectives
  • Increase awareness and understanding of major CDC initiatives on Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs).
  • Develop an enhanced understanding of how to best articulate to senior leaders a business case for investing in prevention of Healthcare-Associated Infections.
  • Identify and understand the basic functionality of available tools that are designed to help quantify the magnitude of the problem of Healthcare-Associated Infections.

CE Participation Documentation
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 Moderator and Convener
Charles Denham, MD
Getting the Green Light from the C-Suite

Charles R. Denham, MD, is the founder and the chairman of Texas Medical Institute of Technology (TMIT), a non-profit medical research organization dedicated to driving adoption of clinical solutions in patient safety and healthcare performance improvement.

Denise Graham
APIC Support

Denise Graham serves as Executive Vice President to the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), an international association headquartered in Washington, DC, and comprising more than 13,000 Infection Preventionists.

 Session Panelists
Arjun Srinivasan, MD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Roles in Eliminating Healthcare-Associated Infections

Arjun Srinivasan, MD, is the Associate Director for Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Programs in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Denise Murphy, RN, BSN, MPH, CIC
Developing Your Business Case for HAI Prevention

Denise Murphy, RN, BSN, MPH, CIC, is the Vice President for Quality at Main Line Health System, responsible for patient safety and risk management, clinical performance improvement, infection prevention and control, medical staff services, regulatory compliance, patient advocacy, bioethics, and performance measurement.

Christopher S. Hollenbeak, PhD
Understanding the Functionality of HAI Calculators and Their Application (Pre-recorded)

Christopher S. Hollenbeak, PhD, is Associate Professor in the departments of Surgery and Public Health Sciences at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. He is also Chief of the Division of Outcomes Research and Quality in the Department of Surgery and Research Director for the Center for Quality Innovation at the Penn State Milton S. Medical Center.

Franck Guilloteau
An Expanded Discussion of HAI Calculators

Franck Guilloteau received a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and subsequently pursued a fellowship in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in product development.

Dan Ford, MBA
The Role of the Patient Advocate

Dan Ford, MBA, is a Vice President of Furst Group, a healthcare executive search firm; a patient advocate; a member of ISMP's Board of Directors; a former member of NQF's Patient Safety Committee; and a former member of patient safety, quality, patient- and family-centered care committees of AzHHA, CHN and APIPS in Arizona, and CHP, IHI, and The Joint Commission nationally.

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