2021 Tennessee Reportable Disease List

The 2021 List of Reportable Diseases in Tennessee, effective January 1, 2021, can be found at the following link: https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/reportable-diseases.html. Included are the list of reportable diseases and guidance for healthcare providers and laboratories regarding reporting requirements. Important changes in 2021 include:

Healthcare Providers/Facilities Only:

  • Polio is now immediately notifiable.
  • Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children is now explicitly reportable.
  • On the 2020 Commissioner’s Letter we notified you that reporting antibiotic use in acute care hospitals through the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) will be required beginning in January 1, 2021.  This requirement has now been delayed until January 1, 2022 due to the burden of the COVID pandemic on healthcare facilities.  As this will require some planning, we are advising hospitals of this in advance to allow adequate preparation. [For more information: https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/hai.html]

 Laboratories Only:

  • Colistin-resistant gram-negative bacteria are not explicitly reportable but are now contained under the general heading of pan-unsusceptible organisms.
  • Please see Detailed Laboratory Guidance for additional changes.
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