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Chasing Zero Summit Pushes for Zero Tolerance Approach to Hospital-Acquired Infections
Date:6/4/2008

Dr. Alan Greenspan, Top Health Care Authorities Discuss Clinical, Financial

and Operational Solutions to Growing Patient Safety Issue

DUBLIN, Ohio, June 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In a move that reflects its continued commitment to fighting the spread and impact of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), Cardinal Health announced today that it will host the inaugural Chasing Zero Summit.

The event will focus on the leadership and operational issues that the health care industry is facing as it pushes for a zero-tolerance approach for HAIs. The event features an intimate, in-depth and candid question-and-answer session with influential economic leader and chairman of the Federal Reserve System (1987-2006), Dr. Alan Greenspan.

The summit will also feature a series of HAI-focused topical sessions and presentations led by the country's foremost health authorities, including the chief executive officers of the National Quality Forum (NQF), the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the Leapfrog Group; chief patient safety officer of the Joint Commission and director of the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), among others.

Attendees will also be among the first to hear Dr. Thomas Valuck, medical officer and senior advisor for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) Center for Medicare Management, address the August 2008 CMS policy release, which will identify the final HAIs that will have new, lower reimbursements starting Oct. 1.

The Chasing Zero Summit will take place Sept. 8-10, 2008 at the Hilton Washington in Washington D.C. Hospital executives, board members, health care professionals, insurance company representatives and governing agencies can register and learn more at http://www.chasingzero.com/HAI

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HAIs are a major concern for health care organizations because of their staggering human toll and significan
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