California Hospital Association (CHA) Files Lawsuit to Halt New Surgical Site Infection Reporting Requirements

May 30, 2011

The California Hospital Association (CHA) has filed a lawsuit against the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to stop the implementation of new public reporting requirements for surgical site infections (SSI). The lawsuit was filed Thursday, May 26, 2011.

At issue are SSI public reporting requirements mandated by the CDPH in the state’s revised All Facilities Letter (AFL) No. 11-32 which was released on April 26, 2011. As stated in the AFL, the CDPH now requires hospitals to collect and report data on 29 different surgical procedures and any resulting SSIs to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) supports the CHA’s position and intends to file an amicus brief with the court. That amicus brief is to discuss the “significant burden that will be imposed on SHEA members and potentially devastating impact on patient care if the mandate is allowed to stand.”

For more information, refer to the following sources:

SHEA Comments on California Hospital Association’s Surgical Site infection Lawsuit

CDPH All Facilities Letter

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