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MA panel recommends reporting of hospital infection

iHealthBeat reports on state-appointed panel in Massachusett’s debate on mandate for hospital infection reporting. The panel recommended that Massachusetts hospitals be mandated to report some hospital-acquired infection rates to the public, the state and internally. State Legislature is also working on a plan to mandate infection reporting, although only the Public Health Council has the power to approve such regulations.

A news item in FierceHealthCare focuses on the cost of MA hospital-acquired infections. Such infections in Massachusetts add as much as $473 million a year to healthcare costs, leading to a recommendation Massachusett require hospitals to report infection data for hip and knee replacements, and for central venous catheters in intensive-care patients.

Some Boston hospitals already publicly post infection rates, but the practice has not been standardized. In June, Beth Israel Deaconess in Boston began posting their hospital’s infection rates to their Website, in their move towards greater health care quality transparency.