The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania is asking for more clarification on details and logistics of a new plan to require hospitals in the state to report the number of infections developed by their patients. The association has filed a notice of protest with the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council, seeking a delay in the implementation and refinement of the council's new nosocomial infection reporting requirement, which is set to take effect Jan. 1, 2004. An official for the state hospital association said the group supports the reporting requirements but wants more time to shore up data collection methods and to make sure the reporting is being done correctly. He said the state's 200-plus hospitals received news of the new reporting requirement only a few weeks ago and are busy keeping pace with influenza reporting mandates for this year's heavy flu season. Hospital infections and other, often-preventable complications led to more than 12,000 hospital readmissions in Pennsylvania last year, according to the healthcare council. The independent state agency is responsible for addressing the problem of escalating health costs and ensuring the quality of healthcare. At deadline, council officials could not be reached for comment. -- by Julie Piotrowski
Hospital association asks for plan clarification
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