Recent Updates to Reportable Disease Regulations
Effective February 8, 2014
Summary of Changes to the to the Rules and Regulations Governing Reportable Diseases and Conditions:
- The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) currently requires that all acute care hospitals, long term acute care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and outpatient dialysis centers participating in the Prospective Payment System (PPS) report specific measures related to Hospital Associated Infections (HAI’s) and infection prevention to CDC via the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). CMS currently publishes selected measures on the Hospital Compare website for the previous reporting year. Specific HAI’s are currently reportable in 30 states and the District of Columbia. As an efficient mechanism of data sharing, several state departments of health have adopted rules requiring “viewing rights” of hospital NHSN data housed at CDC. Data available at the CMS Hospital Compare website is published in the following year, and not timely for the investigation of outbreaks. As the least burdensome and most efficient mechanism for monitoring HAI’s in applicable Mississippi facilities, the Office of Communicable Diseases proposes the adoption of rules allowing for viewing rights of the covered facilities be maintained by the Office of Epidemiology.
- The Office of Communicable Diseases proposes that, for the purposes of better assessing the risk of tuberculosis, size of tuberculin skin reactions and numerical results of Interferon Gamma Release Assays be made available as a component of TB reportable disease reporting.