Illinois participated in the nation-wide trend to pass legislation making it mandatory to publish health care “report cards” disclosing information about hospital acquired infections and medical malpractice. But while over a dozen states have begun posting the information on the internet, Illinois has yet to move forward with the initiative. Many states publish more specific report cards dealing with “never events,” or mistakes that should never happen, but do. Some examples of “never events” include performing surgery on the wrong patient or body part and other inexcusable examples of negligence. Illinois plans to publish a report, but progress has yet to be seen.
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