Beginning in 2004, Wisconsin will require all 125 hospitals in the state to provide state employees with quality data, such as hospital infection rates, complications and overall performance. The project is likely to become broader. Hospital officials and the Wisconsin Hospital Association are working on plans to make the data available to anyone, not just the 213,000 people insured through the state. Hospitals, however, are concerned that consumers will misinterpret outcomes data. State officials support releasing the information as a goad to improve quality. -- Patrick Reilly
Wis. to require release of hospital outcomes data
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