New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine (D) is scheduled on Wednesday to sign into law a bill to require hospitals to publicly report infection rates, the AP/Cherry Hill Courier Post reports.
Under the new law, hospitals will be required to file quarterly reports with the state on infection rates, including infection control procedures and information about the types of infection at the hospitals. The information then would be posted on a state Web site.
The New Jersey Hospital Association supported the legislation. The Consumers Union, which lobbies for public hospital infection reporting, noted that 19 other states already have passed laws to provide residents with access to hospital infection information (Hester Jr., AP/Cherry Hill Courier Post, 10/31).