The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced new targets for reducing health care-associated infections in acute care hospitals.

The new targets are part of the agency’s National Action Plan to Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections: Road Map to Elimination. They are based on data from calendar year 2015, and they replace previous goals that expired in 2013. The targets aim to reduce:

  • central line-associated bloodstream infections by 50 percent between 2015 and 2020;
  • catheter-associated urinary tract infections by 25 percent between 2015 and 2020;
  • invasive methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, commonly known as MRSA, by 50 percent between 2015 and 2020;
  • facility-onset MRSA by 50 percent between 2015 and 2020;
  • Clostridium difficile infections by 30 percent between 2015 and 2020;
  • Clostridium difficile hospitalizations by 30 percent between 2015 and 2020; and
  • surgical site infections by 30 percent between 2015 and 2020.

The targets were developed by HHS’ Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in collaboration with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and other HHS divisions, as well as discussions with stakeholders.

Contact Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.