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Transparency Should Not Be a Luxury; It Is a Matter of Life and Death: What Purchasers and Consumers Can Do
Date:2/2/2010

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement by Leah Binder, CEO of The Leapfrog Group, on Leapfrog’s release of Central-line Infection Data:

For the first time, in 2009, The Leapfrog Group asked hospitals across the country on behalf of Leapfrog's purchaser members to publicly report their rates of one of the most common and deadly forms of hospital-acquired infections: central-line associated blood stream infections, or CLABSIs.

Leapfrog is partnering with Consumer Reports Health to release hospital infection rates for 926 hospitals at www.ConsumerReportsHealth.org.  The online infection rates reveal tremendous variations within the same cities and even the same health care systems.

Leapfrog's roster of voluntarily reporting hospitals is by far the most transparent national source of data by hospital on infection rates, mortality rates for common surgical procedures, safety practices, and other critical information that consumers deserve to know. The voluntary participation of hospitals is unprecedented. However, many hospitals that were asked to report to Leapfrog declined.

Today Leapfrog published a list of hospitals that declined to report to the 2009 Leapfrog Hospital Survey (www.leapfroggroup.org/decline). Leapfrog is urging consumers to take two minutes and find out if their hospital is report
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