CHA News Article

NHSN Issues Guidance on Reporting Requirements for IRFs and LTCHs
Information specific to MRSA and CDI reporting

The National Health Safety Network (NHSN) has issued information on new reporting requirements for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) and long-term acute care hospitals (LTCHs). Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, all IRFs and LTCHs — both free-standing and units within affiliated acute care facilities — will begin reporting facility-wide inpatient  Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) blood specimen and Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) laboratory-identified event data to NHSN. Operational guidance documents detailing the reporting requirements will be posted in the coming months at www.cdc.gov/nhsn/cms/index.html.

Facilities can prepare in advance by reviewing the current NHSN multidrug-resistant organism and CDI module protocol and data collection forms, as well as viewing webinars that provide case studies specific to IRFs and LTCHs. CHA encourages facilities to review and use the updated 2015 NHSN protocols once they become available.

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