Hospital Infection Rates Now Available on

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Users of <a href="; target="_blank"></a> can now search for and compare data from more than 900 hospitals on the incidence of central line–associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs)—one of the most lethal hospital-acquired complications. The data show wide variation in CLABSI incidence, in spite of strong evidence on how to prevent them. The data are available on through a partnership among The Commonwealth Fund, The Leapfrog Group, and Consumers Union. Click <a href="; target="_blank">here</a> for information on how to locate hospitals reporting CLABSI data. <br /><br />Recent improvements to the site make it easier to identify the time frame of performance data (by pointing to the information button above the measure names) and to view comparisons and trends (by following the links from the summary report to access "In-Depth Reports"). <br /><br />In the coming weeks, we will update with the the most recent data for process-of-care "core" measures; hospital patient experience measures; hospital readmission rates; 30-day mortality rates; and Medicare average reimbursement rates. In addition—for the first time—we will include 11 outpatient measures for organizations participating in the Hospital Outpatient Quality Data Reporting Program. All of these data are publicly reported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. <br /><br />The goal of is to foster health care quality improvement by promoting transparency and public reporting, and by providing tools and case studies to aid organizations in their own improvement efforts. According to patient safety expert Lucian Leape, M.D., <a href="/publications/publication/2010/mar/transparency-and-public-reporting-are-essential-safe-health-care">public reporting and feedback</a> are the best ways to encourage providers to deliver safer health care. <br />