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California Becomes Latest State to Require Infection Reporting

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California becomes the latest state to require hospital acquired infection reporting (Consumers Union). Senate Bill 158, which was signed Thursday 9/25/08, requires the state Department of Public Health to report hospitals’ infection control procedures and incidences of infections annually.

Under the measure the Department of Health is required to establish a program for collecting data from hospitals on infection rates so that this information can then be made available to the public. California is the 25th state to require infection rate reporting by hospitals. The law requires the Department of Health to post online information about the rates of certain infections for each hospital beginning in 2011.

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