State, Hospitals Spar in Court Over Public Reports on Surgery Infections

The state attorney general’s office filed legal documents this week arguing that hospitals are required to file monthly reports on infections related to 29 types of surgeries, defending a legal challenge from the California Hospital Association. The legal filing was the latest in a skirmish between the hospital association and state health authorities over the enactment of a 2008 state law that requires hospitals to file detailed reports on infections that arise after surgeries. Hospital-acquired infections kill an estimated 12,000 Californians each year.  The California Hospital Association filed the first legal papers in May, asking a San Francisco Superior Court judge to stop the state Department of Public Health from enforcing an “all facilities letter” asking hospitals to file monthly reports on 29 types of surgeries.

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