TYRX Release: Medicare Ruling Concerns Hospital CEOs, but Better Reporting, New Antibiotic Technology Can Lower Cardiac Device Infection Rates  
10/11/2012 10:06:16 AM

MONMOUTH JUNCTION, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A new Medicare ruling that makes potentially avoidable surgical site infections (SSIs) following cardiac implantable electronic device (CIED) procedures non-reimbursable could have significant financial and quality rating impacts for hospitals, according to a new survey of hospital chief executive officers (CEOs). At the same time, a majority of the CEOs surveyed believed they could influence their electrophysiology/catheterization labs to reduce infection rates, thus managing the risk of higher non-reimbursed costs. Methods cited included leveraging internal reporting to heighten the visibility of CIED SSIs and through the use of antibiotic technologies such as prophylactic antibiotic usage and the AIGISRx® Antimicrobial Envelope, which is specifically designed to help reduce the risk of CIED infections.