DPH Expands Its Monitoring of Healthcare-Associated Infection

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is updating its requirements for hospitals reporting healthcare-associated infection (HAI) data.
Beginning July 1, 2019, hospitals will be required to provide DPH with access to measures related to central line-associated blood stream infection (CLABSI) and catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) in adult and pediatric medical, surgical and medical/surgical wards. 
DPH currently requires acute care hospitals to report specific HAIs to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), and to make that data available to DPH. All licensed Massachusetts acute care hospitals are successfully reporting HAI data to DPH using NHSN, so the newest CLABSI/CAUTI change required will be for hospitals to provide DPH access to these additional measures already reported within NHSN.