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Public Disclosure Will Encourage Hospitals to Improve Infection Practices

If consumers can choose a hospital based on good information about the quality of care, including hospital infection rates, hospitals will quickly implement better practices. Studies show significant improvement in states with public data on mortality rates and other indicators of quality. Yet Congress is about to implement a new reporting law that will make hospital infection rates and other important quality data confidential. Consumers won’t know which hospital has the best track record, and won’t be able to make an informed choice.