Health Reform Bill Features Healthcare-Associated Infections Database

July 20, 2009
by Heather Comak
Health Leaders Media

Debate continues surrounding the healthcare legislation that is currently being pored over by members of Congress.

However, one part of the healthcare reform that has not been a sticking point, but is important in the world of patient safety, is the requirement of a national reporting system for healthcare-associated infections. One piece of healthcare reform legislation, H.R. 3200, includes a provision that would require all hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers to report data concerning healthcare-associated infections to a database that already exists with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a condition of their participation with Medicare and Medicaid.

A group of healthcare organizations sent a letter to Congress Monday, urging the adoption of H.R. 3200. These groups include The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), and the Trust for America's Health (TFAH).

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