An advisory committee to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released recommendations for policymakers seeking to create mandatory public reporting systems for healthcare-associated infections but stopped short of recommending such reporting systems.
The CDC's Healthcare Infection Control and Prevention Advisory Committee concluded there was not enough evidence to determine whether mandatory reporting would reduce infections. The committee said states that implement public reporting should strive to gather meaningful data.
It recommended using established public health surveillance methods; involving infection-control experts; tracking practices to prevent infections; and providing regular and confidential feedback to providers.
Florida, Illinois, Missouri and Pennsylvania have passed laws requiring hospitals to publicly report infection rates; 30 other states are moving toward mandatory public reporting, the CDC said. Read the advisory committee's guidance document.