Government Health IT: The Massachusetts Public Health Council voted to require hospitals to report rates of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) for an online report card to be posted on a state government Web site. Consumers will be able to view the infection rate of their local hospital and also compare it with the rates of other hospitals in the state.
The state Department of Public Health (DPH) will send inspectors into hospitals to ensure they are following required infection-prevention procedures. Hospitals could lose their license if they don’t comply with the rule or if they continue to have high rates of HAIs.
Starting July 1st, hospitals will be required to begin reporting their HAI data to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network. They must also grant access rights to that data to DPH and a state center that will evaluate the data to ensure it is reliable enough for public reporting.
Massachusetts is the 14th state to require hospitals to report HAI rates, and 16 other states have legislation pending.
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