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The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced new HAI reduction targets for acute care hospitals as part of its national HAI Action Plan. The announcement builds on progress made over the past few years toward goals established using a 2009 baseline. The updated targets are based on a newly established 2015 baseline and represent what the agency called “ambitious but achievable” goals.

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Overview of Updated HAI Reduction Targets

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2020 Target (from 2015 baseline)

  • Invasive MRSA
  • Facility-onset MRSA
  • CDI
  • SSI
  • Clostridium difficile hospitalizations
  • 50% reduction
  • 25% reduction
  • 50% reduction
  • 50% reduction
  • 30% reduction
  • 30% reduction
  • 30% reduction
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