TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO ESTABLISH A STATEWIDE SURVEILLANCE AND REPORTING SYSTEM FOR HEALTH CARE-ASSOCIATED INFECTIONS AND TO SUBJECT HOSPITALS TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE STATEWIDE SURVEILLANCE AND REPORTING SYSTEM.
Enacts new GS 130A-150, directing the Department of Health and Human Services (Department) to establish a statewide surveillance system for health care-associated infections by December 31, 2011. Directs the Commission for Public Health to adopt rules necessary to implement such a system, which must include uniform standards for surveillance and reporting. Provides that hospitals, as defined in GS 131E-76(3), are subject to the system. Authorizes the Department to release to the public aggregated, de-identified data about infections only if release is in the public interest.
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