Illinois Bill Would Require Listing of Infection Data on Death Certificates

June 5, 2011

Illinois legislation recently passed by the Illinois General Assembly would require the listing of infection data on death certificates.  Illinois HB 1658 would amend the Illinois Vital Records Act to require individuals filling out medical certifications or cause of death on a death certificate to include more information than was previously necessary.

If approved by the governor, the law will require death certificates to include notations of whether methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), clostridium difficile, or vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) was the cause or contributing factor of an individual’s death.

The amendment specifically states the following:

The person responsible for completing the medical certification of cause of death must note the presence of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, clostridium difficile, or vancomycin-resistant enterococci if it is a contributing factor to or the cause of death. Additional multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs) may be added to this list by the Department by rule.

The bill passed both houses of the Illinois legislature on May 18, 2011. It now awaits approval or veto by the Illinois Governor.

Click to see a copy of the enrolled bill.

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