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  • Summary date: Mar 21 2023 - View Summary

    Appropriates the sum of $2 million from the General Fund to the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health (DHHS) in nonrecurring funds for the 2024-2024 fiscal year to establish and oversee a two-year long healthcare-associated infection prevention pilot program in at least two general acute hospitals licensed to operate more than 200 beds as program sites. Specifies that the program’s purpose is to: (1) increase hand hygiene compliance among healthcare workers before and after patient contact and (2) reduce the number of healthcare-associated infections, with the intent to establish best practices that can be modeled statewide. Sets forth four requirements for the pilot program sites. Specifies that the funds allocated do not revert at the end of the 2023-2024 fiscal year but remain available until expended or until the pilot program concludes, whichever is earlier. Requires DHHS to submit a progress report by December 31, 2023, and every six months after until June 30, 2025, on the status and operation of the pilot program to the specified NCGA committee. Requires that the final report include recommendations for best practices for hand hygiene among healthcare workers and reducing the number of healthcare associated infections. Effective July 1, 2023.