February 12, 2015

Deadline Extended to Submit Infection Data to NHSN

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that eligible inpatient and cancer hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and long-term care hospitals may submit healthcare-associated infections (HAI) data to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) until Feb. 27.

The extension applies only to HAI data. CMS cited recent "periodic latency" using the system. The Feb. 15 deadline for other inpatient ,  Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRF) and  Long-Term Care Hospitals (LTCH) measures remains unchanged. Questions related to inpatient and cancer hospital quality reporting may be  submitted online . Questions regarding IRF and LTCH reporting may be submitted to  IRF.questions@cms.hhs.gov or  LTCHQualityQuestions@cms.hhs.gov , respectively. NHSN questions may be submitted to  NHSN@cdc.gov .

For more information,  contact Sally Forsberg , director of quality and patient safety, at (407) 841-6230.