Don’t miss infection rate audio conference

State after state considering legislation

Is your state next? Laws requiring disclosure of individual hospital infection rates are sweeping the nation. Four states — Pennsylvania, Illinois, Florida, and Missouri — have passed infection rate disclosure laws, and 20 others have introduced bills.

Driven by consumer demands for patient safety, infection rate disclosure laws are expected to be passed eventually in most states or required federally under standardized requirements. Thomson American Health Consultants’ audio conference, Law of the Land: Meeting the Challenge of Mandatory Infection Rate Reporting will help you prepare for these looming regulations. Join us April 7, 2005, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. EST to find out more about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recently released template for new state laws or a national reporting system.

Crafted by the CDC’s Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC), the document recommends three process measures and two outcome measures that could be reported under infection rate disclosure laws.

Our distinguished faculty includes one of the principals behind the new CDC guidance, Patrick Brennan, MD. A hospital epidemiologist at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and HICPAC chairman, Brennan also worked with state officials when the law there was under discussion. Likewise, our other speaker was heavily involved in the shaping of the infection rate disclosure law in Missouri. Eddie Hedrick, BS, MT (ASCP), CIC, has been an infection control professional for 34 years. A veteran of hospital epidemiology, he now is the emerging infections coordinator at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services in Jefferson City.

Don’t miss this important and timely audio conference, which will serve as an invaluable resource for your entire staff. Your fee of $199 includes presentation materials, additional reading, and free continuing education. For more information, go to www.ahcpub.com, or contact customer service at (800) 688-2421 or by e-mail at ahc.customerservice@thomson.com. When registering, please reference code T05126-79113.