AMA CPT® Assistant - 2007 Issue 8 (August)
Microbiology-Testing for Staphylococcus Aureus and Streptococcus, Group B (August 2007)
August 2007 pages 7-8 Coding Communication:Microbiology-Testing for Staphylococcus Aureus and Streptococcus, Group B MRSA Infections Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is one of the major organisms associated with hospital-acquired infections, and the incidence of colonization and invasive disease has increased markedly worldwide. MRSA has been identified by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) as one of the two "most out of control" antimicrobial-resistant pathogens in US hospitals (vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) is the other). MRSA is encountered frequently in health care settings and now represents more than 50% of all S. aureus isolates in most areas of the country. In...
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