Ohio hospitals to post quality, cost data

Effective Jan. 1, Ohio hospitals will be required to publicize extensive quality of care and cost data on a new website.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, the site is called Ohio Hospital Compare and will feature more than 100 quality measures, including mortality and infection rates and how often specific medical procedures are performed at a hospital. There is even information about whether a hospital has a hand-washing program for its health workers.  On the main page, consumers will be able to pick hospitals to compare them on quality measures.

(SOURCES: Advisory Board Daily Briefing, http://advisory.com, December 22, 2009; Columbus Dispatch, http://dispatch.com, accessed December 22, 2009)