Public Reporting of HAI Rates: What We (Mostly Don’t) Know
Bernard S. Black
Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law; Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)
September 29, 2011
Clinical Governance, Forthcoming
Northwestern Law & Economics Research Paper No. 11-22
Health-care associated infections (HAIs) kill about 100,000 people annually; many are preventable. In response, 18 states currently require hospitals to publicly report their infection rates and national reporting is planned. Yet there is limited evidence on the effects of public reporting on HAI rates, and none on what elements of a reporting plan affect its impact on HAI rates. I review here what little we know, emphasizing my own case study of Pennsylvania.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 17
Keywords: healthcare-associated infections, CLABSI, infection reporting, performance measurement
JEL Classification: I11, I18, K32
Date posted: September 10, 2011 ; Last revised: September 29, 2011
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