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Minnesota Health Policy Committee to Hold Hearing on State’s Hospital Infection Reporting Law


Michael McCauley – 415-902-9537 (cell)

Minnesota Health Policy Committee to Hold Hearing
on State’s Hospital Infection Reporting Law

August 10 Hearing to Examine Progress Made Implementing Minnesota’s Law

On August 10, the Minnesota Health Policy Committee will hold a special hearing to examine how much progress has been made to implement the state’s hospital infection reporting law. State lawmakers passed the infection reporting law sponsored by Representative Phyllis Kahn in 2007.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated two million patients contract infections in the hospital and nearly 100,000 of these patients die. Twenty six states around the country, including Minnesota, have recently adopted hospital infection reporting laws. Getting the infection rate information into the hands of consumers will allow them to make informed decisions concerning where they seek treatment. It will also foster competition among hospitals to lower infections rates, which will help save lives.

The legislation passed in Minnesota was designed help create an environment where consumers get more information, and hospitals lower infection rates. This hearing will help shed some light on how the law is being implemented, the progress that has been made, and the challenges that need to be addressed.

WHAT: Hearing on Minnesota’s hospital infection law
WHEN: Monday, August 10, 2009, 1-4pm
WHERE: Room 200 – State Office Building
WHO: Testifiers – Consumer Worker Coalition, MN Hospital Association, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Stratis Health, Minnesota Department of Health