HHS to Begin Publishing CLABSI Rates on Hospital Compare Site

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services will begin reporting hospitals' central line associated-bloodstream infection rates on its Hospital Compare website, according to a Consumers Union news release.

Beginning in January 2011, the federal government's Medicare payment policies have required hospitals to report events when patients develop CLABSIs in intensive care units to the CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network. The CLABSI infection information disclosed on the Hospital Compare website is based on three months of data (January-March 2011) and gives consumers the ability to compare hospitals against national benchmarks and each other.


Hospitals have also started reporting surgical site infection rates to the CDC, and that information will be posted on Hospital Compare every quarter beginning in 2013, starting with abdominal hysterectomy and colon surgeries.

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