North Carolina Legislature Passes Bill Requiring Reporting of HAIs

June 21, 2011

North Carolina House Bill 809, legislation requiring the mandatory public reporting of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), has been passed by the North Carolina General Assembly. The bill was ratified by the General Assembly on June 17, 2011, and was presented to the governor on June 20, 2011. The bill awaits the Governor’s approval.

"North Carolina HAI Legislation"

North Carolina General Assembly Passes Healthcare-Associated Infections Legislation

If the legislation becomes law, it will require the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (department) to establish a statewide surveillance and reporting system for HAIs by December 31, 2011.

North Carolina hospitals will be mandatorily subject to the surveillance and reporting system and will be responsible for submitting data on HAIs to the department by using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).

The bill creates a preference for electronic surveillance and reporting. It also provides for rule promulgation authority.

Information released to the public under the new law would require the data to be aggregated for privacy protection: “The Department shall release to the public aggregated … data on health care-associated infections that does not contain social security numbers or other personal identifying information only if it deems the release of this data to be reliable and necessry to protect the public’s health.”

The bill provides for the public release of provider-specific data. This means that individual hospitals will be identified in publicly released reports.

Click here to read the ratified bill.

 

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