Trump rule could stop public reporting of hospital infections

July 5, 2018

Federal health regulators will have to stop releasing data on hospital infections under a new Trump Administration proposal, according to an article on the USA Today website.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) proposal, part of a 500-page rule, could stop the public disclosure of such issues as MRSA and accidents and injuries ranging from bedsores to respiratory failure after surgery. The new rule would to take effect in November.

Under the new rule, the CMS Hospital Compare website won't show the infections or safety measures.

Leapfrog Group, a hospital rating organization, has been urging patient safety advocates to contact federal regulators or sign the organization’s letter to CMS protesting the plan. A recent hospital infection report from Leapfrog found the percentage of hospitals reporting to its survey that achieved zero infections is way down since 2015.

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