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Letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services Re: Medicare Program; Proposed Changes to the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems and FY 2008 Rates

Consumers Union has a history of healthcare quality work on the state and national levels. Most recently, we are conducting a campaign encouraging legislatures to enact state laws requiring public disclosure of hospital infection rates. To date, such laws have been considered in 45 states, and 16 states now require hospital-acquired infection rates to be publicly reported. We expect additional states to pass similar laws during this year’s legislative sessions. There has been widespread support among consumers and state policymakers for publishing this very basic patient safety measure – the rate at which specific types of infections occur in hospitals – and we see no sign of the demand for this information waning at the state level.