Affordable Care Act (ACA) Activities Funded
Investments provided through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Prevention and Public Health Fund will be used to bolster states’ abilities to prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAI). Using our country’s proven public health infrastructure to prevent healthcare-associated infections strengthens our ability to improve the health and well being of all Americans.
The Affordable Care Act funding includes the activities outlined below.
HAI Prevention Infrastructure is the coordination and implementation of HAI prevention activities within the state, facilitation of the state multidisciplinary advisory group on HAIs, and implementation and reporting on progress of the state HAI plan.
HAI Prevention Initiatives is the development and implementation of multi-facility HAI prevention efforts, including those to prevent multi-drug resistant organisms (MDRO) and Clostridium difficile infections.
Antimicrobial Use Surveillance supports measuring antimicrobial usage data to provide the foundation for implementing and evaluating interventions targeting the reduction of unnecessary and/or inappropriate use of antimicrobials.
Electronic Laboratory Reporting is the reporting of LabID Events to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) as well as the reporting of electronic laboratory records (ELR), ultimately resulting in a reduction of data-entry burden and increasing the validity of data reported by NHSN to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) for value-based purchasing.
Public Health Partnership investments will fund a fellowship program to increase the number of HAI prevention staff in state health departments, identify and evaluate policies effective in moving towards HAI elimination, and provide HAI prevention training and tools to local health departments.