Hospitals must sign new consent form to submit data to CDC National Health Safety Network

Hospitals who are enrolled in, and submit data to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health Safety Network must sign a new consent form by Feb. 28, according to the American Hospital Association.  

The AHA states that the new form gives the CDC permission to share the hospital’s data on central line-associated bloodstream infections with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for the Medicare pay-for-reporting program. NHSN users with administrative rights will receive an alert containing a link to the revised consent form when they log into the network. 

(Source: AHA News Now, AHA News Now, http://ahanews.com, January, 2011)