Healthcare-Associated Infections Program
Health Care Financial Disclosure
W. Va. Code §16-5F-1 et. seq.
Created by an act of the West Virginia Legislature 2008
During the Legislative Session of 2008, the West Virginia Legislature ordered the West Virginia Healthcare Authority to create a Healthcare Associated Infection Control Advisory Panel whose duty is to assist the Health Care Authority to perform the following activities:
- Provide guidance to hospitals in their collection of information regarding healthcare-associated infections;
- Provide evidence-based practices in the control and prevention of healthcare-associated infections;
- Develop plans for analyzing infection-related data from hospitals;
- Develop healthcare-associated advisories for hospital distribution; and
- Determine a manner in which reporting of healthcare-associated infections is made available to the public in an understandable fashion.
The Healthcare Authority is to ensure that hospitals report information on healthcare-associated infection to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) by July 1, 2009.
The Infection Control Advisory Panel is to assist in collecting and analyzing the hospital data in order to provide reports to the Health Care Authority for public availability and the Bureau for Public Health of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources for consideration in their hospital oversight through the licensing and certification entity and for epidemiology and disease surveillance.
Data collected is to be de-identified for patient information in a method to be determined by the CDC and the Panel and may not be used in any civil litigation.
The WV Healthcare Authority is to report in January of each year to the legislative oversight committee on health and human resources accountability, beginning in the year 2011. The report is to include a summary of the results of the required reporting and the work of the advisory panel.