ACT 52 - MEDICAL CARE AVAILABILITY AND REDUCTION OF ERROR (MCARE) ACT - Reduction and Prevention of Health Care-Associated Infection and Long-Term Care Nursing Facilities

Act 52 of 2007 requires certain healthcare facilities in Pennsylvania to report healthcare-associated infections to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Pennsylvania Healthcare Cost Containment Council and the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) for hospitals Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System (PA-PSRS) an electronic reporting system for nursing homes. The Act is part of the Governor's "Prescription for Pennsylvania" plan to reduce and eliminate healthcare associated infections.

The Patient Safety Authority works with the Department of Health to inform hospitals and nursing homes of updates and changes to the reporting systems via electronic program memos, the Pennsylvania Bulletin and newsletters. Please don't hesitate to contact the Authority with any questions or comments regarding the site, at (717) 547-7990 or at

To help you easily access updates and changes to implementation of Act 52 reporting requirements please click on the following link that will take you to the PA Department of Health's webpage containing the information.

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