45 Assessing the Impact of Public Reporting on Improving Patient Safety

Friday, March 19, 2010: 4:00 PM-6:00 PM
Regency VI-VII (Hyatt Regency Atlanta)
CME Credits: 2
Type: Oral
Summary: Some European countries and several states in the US have implemented policies to publicly disclose data on occurrence of some types of HAIs or antimicrobial-resistant infections. These policies are an attempt to inform the public and motivate facilities to improve quality-of-care. This approach has been met with mixed success in other areas of patient safety and healthcare quality. Some argue that infection control process indicators may be a better choice to provide unbiased information to the public. The session will review data regarding the effectiveness of this approach from non-HAI areas. Faculty will share experience from France, where in 2006 the French Minister of Health implemented mandatory reporting of a composite indicator of infection control activity in all French hospitals, as an alternative approach to HAI rate reporting. The session will review early experience from states with public reporting policies to inform participants and provide insights into how effective programs might be implemented. The session will conclude with a panel discussion of the merits and pitfalls of public reporting.
Learning Objectives:
Co-Organized by:
the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE)
Scott Fridkin, MD and Stephen M. Ostroff, MD
Patrick Brennan, MD and Abbe Herzig, PhD
5:00 PM
Lessons Learned from State-Based Public Reporting of HAIs: Benefits and Unanticipated Consequences
Rachel Stricof, MPH, CIC, New York State Deptartment of Health, Hospital Acquired Infection Reporting
5:30 PM
Panel Discussion