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State hospitals asking Gov. Inslee for partial veto on hospital-infection reporting bill


Consumers Union and the Washington State Hospital Association are still tangling over legislation approved unanimously by the Legislature to require more reporting by hospitals when patients come down with infections during care. The state Department of Health is taking the hospitals’ side, opposing requirements to do separate reports for every knee, hip or cardiac surgery.

Otherwise the parties agree on the bill, which is broadly meant to bring the state’s reporting requirements into alignment with the demands of Obamacare.

House Bill 1471 passed the House and Senate unanimously in the way Consumers Union prefers. But both approaches sought

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UPDATED House votes unanimously to pass hospital-infection reporting bill; changes are proposed in Senate

Updated to clarify the status of the House and Senate versions of the legislation.

A bill updating Washington law requiring hospitals to report infections acquired by patients during care sailed through the state House on a 98-to-0 vote Monday evening. House Bill 1471 has been criticized by Consumers Union for dropping mandatory reporting for three types of infections that were in the original 2007 law, which advocates won passage for despite hospitals’ resistance.

The House measure, which was sponsored by freshman Democratic Rep. Marcus Riccelli of Spokane, now moves to the Senate where similar legislation cleared health-care committees and

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