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CDC - Healthcare-Associated Infections - Publications by Topic - Public Health Law

CDC - Healthcare-Associated Infections - Publications by Topic - Public Health Law

Healthcare-Associated Infections

Laws encouraging the prevention and reduction of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), infections acquired during the course of receiving treatment for other health conditions, have emerged and expanded in states since 2004. These laws address requirements for state health departments, healthcare facilities, and healthcare providers to promote best practices in HAI prevention. In particular, they address
  • Authorities granted to state health agencies
  • Definitions for the infections and facilities covered under state laws
  • HAI advisory councils
  • Pilot phases for state programs
  • Reporting requirements for facilities
  • Licensure and training requirements for facilities and providers
  • Financial incentives and disincentives
  • Protection of HAI data
The coordination of state statutory requirements and federal incentives has created an environment where facilities, providers, and health departments can work together to reduce the burden of HAIs in states.



  • The Emergence of Law to Address Healthcare-Associated Infections Adobe PDF file [PDF - 243KB]** is an overview for health lawyers who seek to understand the landscape of healthcare-associated infection (HAI) laws and policies in order to advise healthcare clients, public health departments, and consumers regarding their responsibilities for HAI prevention. The article references tools and resources published in 2011 and 2012 by the Public Health Law Program in partnership with the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) in the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases and the Association for State and Territorial Health Officials and its partners. A sample of these resources is also available on the DHQP Policy Page.

    ** Published in AHLA Connections, v. 16, n.8 (Aug. 2012). © 2012 American Health Lawyers Association
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