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New Jersey not disclosing hospital infections

New Jersey State health department’s policy is to release to the public the names of pathogens and the counties where outbreak happened. However it does not release the names of the hospitals as much of the data New Jersey collects is not made public. However, a state system does rate hospitals based on lab reports of organisms resistant to antibiotics, but uses facility codes to hide the names in documents made public (The Associated Press).

New Jersey lags behind over 14 states around the county who have adopted laws requiring public reporting of infection rates. So far, only Florida, Missouri, and Pennsylvania have produced public reports on their state hospitals’ infection rates