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Trump Administration Rule Could Stop Public Reporting of Hospital Infections Despite Death Toll

Federal health regulators will have to stop releasing data on hospital infections — which affect one in 25 hospital patients every day — under a proposal set to take effect in November, according to an analysis by patient safety advocates. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) plan, part of a complex 500-page proposed rule, could halt the public disclosure of the "super bug" MRSA, post-operative sepsis and surgical site infections, as well as accidents and injuries ranging from bedsores to respiratory failure after surgery. If the proposed rule is finalized, CMS' Hospital Compare website won't show the infections or safety measures. (Jayne O'Donnell, USA Today)

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