CMS never events indicate that vascular access catheter infections are not reimbursed. I think there seems to be some confusion and maybe we need a clear and concise answer. All catheter infections are no longer reimbursed if they are hospital acquired including peripheral IV's, midlines, central lines of any kind and I assume arterial catheter infections. Medical records codes these infections and that data is transmitted to CMS and reimbursement is not allocated. All vascular access infections are subject to non-reimbursement at this point. As far as reporting goes at this point CMS is only dictating the reporting of central venous catheter infections to the CDC NHSN database for ICU patients at this time. This is not to be confused with reimbursement. Reporting and reimbursement are different topics. in some states infections are reported at as state level to a database and those may include all vascular access devices or just central lines. At this point as far as CMS is concerned the reportable rates are ICU however the non reimbursed infections include all vascular access catheter infections which is not isolated to a central line. If I am unclear of this definition please enlighten me.
Kathy Kokotis RN BS MBA
Bard Access Systems