Bill would require hospitals to report infections

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Hospitals in Kentucky would be required to report all infections acquired by patients during their stay in the facility to state officials under a bill pending in the Kentucky General Assembly.

Senate Bill 72, filed last week by Sen. Denise Harper Angel, D-Louisville, would also require all hospitals to implement infection prevention programs.

Harper Angel told the Lexington Herald-Leader that the cost of infections acquired during hospital stays is staggering, with more needing to be done to protect patients' health and save both patients and the health care system money.

Kentucky's hospitals strongly oppose the measure. Kentucky Hospital Association Vice President Nancy C. Galvagni said the measure duplicates a requirement by the federal government.