Gov. Jay Inslee rejected pressure from the Washington State Hospital Association and signed a bill into law Tuesday that requires much broader reporting of patient infections that happen during care in hospitals.
House Bill 1471 aligns the state’s reporting with Obamacare by requiring public reports on a broad array of bloodstream infections occurring virtually anywhere in a hospital. As signed by Inslee, the measure also retains three key reporting provisions of the state’s landmark 2007 infections-reporting law that deal with cardiac, knee or hip surgeries.
Consumers Union had pushed to retain the three surgeries, but the …