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Judge backs infection-reporting requirements
Modern Healthcare

Hospitals in California will now be required to report surgical-site infection rates associated with 26 procedures after a San Francisco judge upheld reporting requirements outlined by the state’s public health department in April. Under the requirements, hospitals must submit infection reports to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network, a secure online surveillance system for tracking infections. The list of operative procedures, which includes appendix surgery, kidney transplant and thoracic surgery, was sent to hospitals in an April 27 letter from the California Department of Public Health.

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