Menu of selected provision in healthcare-associated infection laws : a companion to the CDC-ASTHO toolkit, Eliminating HAI: state policy options in healthcare-associated infection laws
Published Date:August 2012
Corporate Authors:National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (U.S.). Division for Healthcare Quality Promotion. ; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.). Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support. ;
Description:The Menu of Selected Provisions in Healthcare-Associated Infection Laws is a publication of the Public Health Law Program in the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support, in collaboration with the Division for Healthcare Quality Promotion in the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its partners in the field of infection control proposed a call to action in both the American Journal of Infection Control and Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology charging health care providers to eliminate healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) through increasing adherence to evidence-based guidelines. Responding to numerous governmental and private sector activities initiated following the publication of that white paper, CDC and the Association for State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) began a collaboration to study and educate about HAI policies and programs in states. Because state health agencies are responsible for protecting patients across the healthcare system and serve as a bridge between private healthcare entities and the public, state-run HAI programs play a central role in HAI elimination.
CDC and ASTHO jointly released a toolkit resulting from this collaboration in March 2011 titled Eliminating Healthcare-Associated Infections: State Policy Options (the toolkit). To support the development of the toolkit, ASTHO assembled an expert working group of leaders in HAI prevention from across the country, including state health agency staff, legislative liaisons, state health agency legal counsel, infection preventionists, epidemiologists, and consumer advocates. The resulting document assesses the landscape of policies employed by states to advance HAI prevention and describes the major topics that provide the foundation for policy-related work on HAIs. The toolkit may be used by policy-makers to inform the choices they make to select and promote HAI elimination policies in states.
This Menu of Selected Provisions in Healthcare-Associated Infection Laws (the menu) supplements the information provided in the toolkit. The menu provides useful examples of provisions among 33 existing statutes from states and 1 territory that authorize state action related to HAIs. These statutes are categorized by the same major HAI topic areas (topics) discussed in the toolkit and rely primarily on laws in states where CDC and ASTHO engaged stakeholders in a second phase of the project to examine the early impacts of state programs. The menu does not discuss regulatory provisions and is not intended to provide recommendations concerning HAI legislation. Instead, the menu will be useful for legal practitioners involved in drafting HAI legislation who seek examples of state statutory provisions related to important HAI topics. Similarly, the menu will aid policy-makers who must apply administrative law principles to craft legislative language reflecting HAI topics chosen by state policymakers using the toolkit as a guide.
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