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MA hospital group to post patient fall data on Web site

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The Massachusetts Hospital Association will begin posting information on its Web site about the number of patient falls at individual hospitals, rehabilitation centers and long-term care hospitals, reports iHealthBeat.

The Web site is intended to help consumers make better decisions about where to seek care and will allow insurers and employers to study the data and account for the hospital’s safety record when they negotiate payment rates

The hospital association’s Web site does not provide data that distinguishes the falls by minor complications, such as sprains, and major injuries, such as broken hips. The Web site will be updated every three months.

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