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NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation to make infection, death rates public

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As reported in New York Times, the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation will voluntarily make public infection and death rates at its 11 hospitals.

The city hospitals will be one of the leading groups in the industry to post information on the safety and performance of its hospitals on a new Web site, which will be accessible to the public on Friday. The new Web site will allow the public to see the rate of deaths after heart attacks and preventable bloodstream infections, among other measures, at the 11 hospitals and to compare performance.

In 19 states, hospitals are required to report some level of information to the public about hospital-acquired conditions. New York, where few hospitals are voluntarily reporting the performance data to the public, a law passed earlier this year requires that hospitals report rates of certain types of infection to the State Health Department, who is required to publish a “report card” for the public on individual hospitals.

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