Mandatory Reporting of Healthcare Associated Infections inTexas Begins October 1

September 4, 2011

According to a recent advisory from the Texas Hospital Association’s Health Care Advocate, mandatory reporting of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) is scheduled to begin in Texas on October 1, 2011.

Hospitals subject to the reporting mandate are licensed general hospitals, defined as adult, pediatric, and adolescent hospitals.

General hospitals will be required to report central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) occurring in intensive care units. Additionally, adult general hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers will be required to report surgery procedure and surgical site infection data for infections related to knee arthroplasty surgeries. Pediatric and adolescent general hospitals will be required to report surgery procedure and surgical site infection data for ventriculoperitoneal shunt procedures.

Reporting of the data is to be made to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). Hospitals will be required to enroll in NHSN and confer rights to the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) for the purpose of viewing the data.

Additional reporting measures will be added starting in January 2012. The state plans on making the information publicly available by January 2013.

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