Mandatory reporting of HAIs
Today's Denver Post has an article on public reporting of healthcare associated infections by local hospitals. It's a balanced report. The positive effect of more interventions to reduce infections is noted. On the other hand, the report also notes problems such as validity (can we believe that a hospital had no infections?) and misclassification (some patients with prosthetic knee infections had traumatic injuries outside the hospital setting), and questions whether patients are actually using the data.