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. A growing number of states are adopting laws that require hospitals to publicly report patient infections. But consumers in most states have no way of knowing which hospital has the best track record to help them make informed healthcare choices.