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Sepsis Mandates Improving Inpatient Care While Advancing Quality Improvement

Colin R. Cooke, MD, MSc, MS1,2,3,4; Theodore J. Iwashyna, MD, PhD1,2,4,5
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1Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
3Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
4Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
5Center for Clinical Management Research, VA Ann Arbor Health System, Ann Arbor, Michigan
JAMA. 2014;312(14):1397-1398. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.11350.
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The last decade has witnessed significant improvements in the care of acutely ill hospitalized patients. Elderly patients with an acute myocardial infarction (AMI) are now nearly twice as likely to receive evidence-based care and one-third less likely to die during their hospital stay compared with just 10 years ago.1,2 Similar trends exist for congestive heart failure (CHF) and pneumonia.2 National public reporting and pay-for-performance efforts, such as those implemented by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), have contributed to improvements in care for these conditions.1

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