by Cheryl Clark | inewsource

If patients want to know rates of potentially deadly hospital-acquired infections at UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest versus UCSD’s Thornton Hospital in La Jolla, they’ve been out of luck.

That’s because Medicare’s publicly reported data combines those two hospitals’ infection rates, even though their rates of complications may be very different.

Likewise for Scripps Mercy Hospital’s Hillcrest facility versus its hospital in Chula Vista.  And for some 39 other hospitals whose data are grouped with sister facilities in California, and many more across the country.

But a report released March 16 by the Leapfrog Group, which represents employers who buy health coverage, brings some sunshine to this darkness.

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