Public Reporting of HAI Rates: What We (Mostly Don’t) Know
Clinical Governance, Forthcoming
17 Pages Posted: 10 Sep 2011 Last revised: 29 Sep 2011
Date Written: September 29, 2011
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.
Keywords: healthcare-associated infections, CLABSI, infection reporting, performance measurement
JEL Classification: I11, I18, K32
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