Inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) and long-term acute care (LTAC) facilities have until May 15 to submit data for quality measures on select infections and health care personnel (HCP) influenza vaccinations into the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). The NHSN, run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a hospital-acquired infection tracking system.

IRFs must submit the following data:

  • Q4 2014 catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) data from all bedded inpatient care locations
  • Q4 2014 and Q1 2015 HCP influenza vaccination summary data

Acute care hospitals with a licensed IRF unit must submit separate HCP summary vaccination records for the 2014-2015 influenza season reporting period.

LTAC facilities must submit the following data:

  • Q1 2015 central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) and CAUTI data from all bedded inpatient care locations
  • Q1 2015 facilitywide inpatient methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteremia and Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) laboratory-identified events (health care facility-onset and community-onset)
  • Q4 2014 and Q1 2015 HCP influenza vaccination summary data

The NHSN also has tips for IRFs reporting HCP influenza vaccination summary data and for LTAC facilities reporting HCP influenza vaccination summary data, MRSA bacteremia data, and C. difficile data. Data entered into the NHSN will be sent to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Contact Beth Feldpush, DrPH, senior vice president of policy and advocacy, at bfeldpush@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0111 with questions.