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Hospitals Confront Blood Infections
Payers and Providers

New data posted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services show that many of California’s major hospitals have blood infection rates multiples higher than the national average, but industry ofcials are questioning its validity. The data, posted earlier this month on the Department of Health and Human Services’s Hospital Compare website for consumers, comes as more than 160 acute care facilities statewide are engaged in an initiative to combat infections stemming from central line catheters inserted into intensive care unit patients.