The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has extended the deadline for completing the online National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Agreement to Participate and Consent form, referred to as the Consent in this announcement. The new deadline for completing the Consent, June 15, 2018, applies to ALL facilities reporting data to NHSN including those for the following Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) programs:
- Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program
- Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting Program
- Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting Program
- Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Quality Reporting Program
- End Stage Renal Disease Quality Incentive Program
- Long Term Care Hospital Quality Reporting Program
- Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Quality Reporting Program
The Consent is accessible to only the NHSN Facility Administrator or Primary Contact user. The new deadline provides additional time for each facility’s NHSN Facility Administrator or Primary Contact to complete the online Consent and avoid any interruptions in access to the NHSN application, including access for purposes of submitting data to meet local, state, or federal reporting requirements. If the Consent is not completed by the new deadline, access to NHSN will be temporarily suspended. Additionally, users will receive an error message when they attempt to log into NHSN, redirecting them to the Facility Administrator or Primary Contact.
CMS quality reporting deadlines for NHSN measure reporting are not affected by this extension.
NHSN provides assistance to address any questions or concerns you may have regarding the Consent process. For more information on how to complete the NHSN Agreement to Participate and Consent process, please visit, https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/about-nhsn/faq-agreement-to-participate.html. You may also direct questions to NHSN@cdc.gov.