Health: Central-line Infections

Beth Israel’s Paul Levy’s posted this month’s statistics regarding central-line infection rates — they saved a life! — , and was wondering what’s keeping other insurance companies and the state from doing the same. We’re curious, too.

Quoth Levy:

This is an attempt to get past a culture of blame and litigation and persuade people that transparency works: Real-time public disclosure of key indicators like this (not the untimely publication of “process” metrics) can be mutually instructive and can help provide an incentive to all of us to do better.

(For more on central-line infections: click.)

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