1.1    .................... moves to amend H. F. No. 297, the committee engrossment, as follows:
1.2Page 278, after line 26, insert:

1.5    Subdivision 1. MRSA control program. In order to improve the prevention of
1.6hospital-associated bloodstream infections due to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus
1.7aureus ("MRSA"), every hospital shall establish an MRSA control program that requires:
1.8    (1) Identification of all MRSA-colonized patients in all intensive care units, and
1.9other at-risk patients identified by the hospital, through active surveillance testing;
1.10    (2) Isolation of identified MRSA-colonized or MRSA-infected patients in an
1.11appropriate manner;
1.12    (3) Monitoring and strict enforcement of hand hygiene requirements; and
1.13    (4) Maintenance of records and reporting of cases under this section.
1.14    Subd. 2. Reporting. (a) After October 1, 2007, the department must compile
1.15aggregate data from all the hospitals in the state on the total number of infections due to
1.16methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) that (1) are present on admission to
1.17a hospital and (2) occurred during the hospital stay, reported separately. This reporting
1.18requirement applies only to patients in intensive care units and other at-risk patients
1.19identified by hospitals for active surveillance testing for MRSA.
1.20    (b) After October 1, 2007, hospitals must submit MRSA occurrence data to the
1.21department that is coded as "present on admission" or "occurred during the stay." The
1.22department must make this MRSA occurrence data available on its Web site and in an
1.23annual report to the legislature."
1.24Renumber the sections in sequence and correct the internal references
1.25Amend the title accordingly