Article Presents Current Listing of HAI Public Reporting State Laws

January 14, 2012

A review article published in the January 12, health 2012 issue of the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology (ICHE) provides a current listing of U.S. state and territorial laws pertaining to the public reporting of healthcare associated infection (HAI) rates.

The article, written by Dr. Julie Reagan of HAI Focus and Dr. Carl Hacker of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health, reflects HAI laws as of August 1, 2011.

After determining if each state or territory has an HAI law, the researchers reviewed  3 legal requirements: data submission requirements (whether mandatory or voluntary), reporting of data to the public, and whether facility identifiers were required to be included in public reports.

It was found that the majority of US states and territories have HAI laws.  The three legal provisions studied are all commonly included in state HAI laws in varying forms.  However, only a minority of states specifically mandate all three legal requirements.  The laws of the remaining states vary considerably.

Click here to access the article.

As a companion reference to the ICHE article, a chart of all the state and territorial HAI laws has been added as a resource page on this website.  The chart includes the following: (1) whether the state does or does not have an HAI law; (2) if the state has a law, whether data submission requirements are mandatory or voluntary; (3) if the law requires the state to release a public report; and (4) if facility identifiers are required to be included in the publicly released reports.

The chart reflects laws (both statutes and administrative regulations) as of August 1, 2011, the time period of the ICHE article. It will be updated regularly to reflect any recent changes in state statutory or administrative activity.

Click here to view the chart.

Reference:  Reagan, J.K. and C.S. Hacker. Laws Pertaining to Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs): A Review of Three Legal Requirements. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 33 (1):75-80 (January 2012).

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