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Issue Background

Federal Funding Priorities

APIC requests $22.75 million for the CDC National Healthcare Safety Network in FY 2020

Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are among the leading causes of preventable harm and death in the United States. HAIs are tracked and monitored on a national level using the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). Federal funding for NHSN would expand critical user support to facilities across the spectrum of care and enable expansion of NHSN's Antibiotic Use and Resistance (AUR) module.

APIC requests $200 million for CDC's Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Intiative in FY 2020.

Antibiotic Resistance is a growing public health concern. Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections.

APIC requests $460 million for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in FY 2020.

AHRQ is a key federal agency that generates reliable research on the delivery of quality care and creates materials to ensure healthcare professionals put research into practice. The $460 million request is consistent with the FY 2010 level adjusted for inflation. This funding level will allow AHRQ to rebuild portfolios terminated after the last seven years of cuts, and will help the agency avoid a funding cliff that will result in more than a 25 percent cut to its program level budget if the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Trust Fund expires in FY 2019.