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APIC supports budget increase for NHSN

March 27, 2012

WASHINGTON — The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has embarked on an advocacy campaign calling on Congress to support the $12 million increase for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention''s (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), as requested in President Obama''s budget, according to a press release.

All members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate will receive this fact sheet from APIC headquarters noting that most inpatient facilities reimbursed by Medicare are required to report specified healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) via NHSN, the release stated.

According to the release, data from other care settings and additional infection types will be phased in soon, increasing the consistency and quality of HAI prevention data reported at the federal level.

Infection preventionists are encouraged to click here and fill out the appropriate fields to send a letter to their members of Congress asking them to support this funding, the release noted.

Click here to read the complete release.