SHEA 2015 Update: Abstract Deadline (January 30th), Pro-Con Session and Certificates

SHEA - Orlando, May 14-17, 2015
The SHEA spring meeting in Orlando is really coming together. With the abstract deadline approaching (January 30th) and the full agenda finalized, I wanted to highlight a few things that you should know as you rush to register before the February 13th early registration deadline.

1) Register before February 13th and save $100. If you aren't already a SHEA member - become a member at least 48 hours before registering for the meeting to save even more! Hope to see you in Orlando - May 14-17, 2015.

2) This year, there are two certificate courses that you can select when registering. In addition to the annual SHEA/CDC Training Certificate Course in Healthcare Epidemiology, there is a new SHEA Certificate Course in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Track. When you register and attend either course, you will receive a certificate in addition to CME/CE. Specific sessions for the SHEA/CDC course (purple) and LTC course (orange) are in the grid below.

3) Finally, I wanted highlight the Friday afternoon (May-15th) Pro-Con session titled "Does Pay for Performance Reduce HAI?" In this session the "Con" side saying the policy doesn't work will be discussed by Grace Lee, MD MPH. As you know, she published an important study on the topic in the NEJM (2012). In that quasi-experimental study, she showed that there were no changes in CLABSI, CAUTI or VAP rates before/after the 2008 nonpayment policy implementation in 398 NHSN hospitals. You can read my blogpost on the study here. On the "Pro" side, Teresa Waters, PhD will discuss her recent JAMA-Internal Medicine study (2015) that showed that the CMS policy was associated with reduced HAI. Using a quasi-experimental design and data from 1381 US hospitals participating in the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI), she showed that the same CMS policy was associated with an 11% reduction in CLABSI and a 10% reduction in CAUTI but no change in falls or pressure ulcers. So did the policy work or not? Gotta attend SHEA 2015 to find out!

2015 Agenda - Click to enlarge


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