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$3 Million in Sepsis Funding Announced in the Federal Budget

Congress Allocates $3 million to CDC to Address Sepsis in FY24 Budget

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) received $3 million in funding for sepsis in the FY24 Congressional Budget, the largest amount ever allocated directly to combatting sepsis. The funds will be used to improve patient outcomes through the integration of key hospital data. The allocation of sepsis funds builds on the new momentum created at the federal level to address the sepsis crisis. END SEPSIS has consistently advocated for a federal approach to sepsis, working with Congress and federal healthcare agencies to develop new strategies and access funding. We are enormously grateful for this latest development.

Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) continued his commitment to addressing the sepsis crisis in leading negotiations for the inclusion of sepsis in the congressional budget. The funding will be used to integrate crucial sepsis data from hospitals into the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). The data will assist CDC in evaluating the effectiveness of policies and programs, such as the sepsis ‘Core Elements,’ across various healthcare facilities. This initiative not only facilitates a comprehensive assessment of sepsis care but also fosters partnerships between public and private sectors to enhance awareness and adoption of CDC’s sepsis programs. Additionally, the collaboration between CDC and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will pave the way for the development of new quality measures tailored to adult and pediatric sepsis, further advancing the fight against this life-threatening condition.

Read the full FY24 budget language:

Sepsis.—The Committee provides $3,000,000 within Emerging Infectious Diseases to integrate sepsis data from hospitals into the National Healthcare Safety Network [NHSN] to enable CDC to assess the impact of policies and programs (including sepsis ‘Core Elements’) across hospitals and assist in the improvement of sepsis care. These data will promote awareness and uptake of CDC’s sepsis initiatives including the sepsis Core Elements through public and private clinical care partnerships and events based on the successful CDC strategy employed for antibiotic resistance and stewardship campaign, as appropriate. CDC, in collaboration with CMS, will use the quality measure development process to develop new, or identify existing, hospital quality measures for adult and pediatric sepsis.