Kevin Downey, Colorado Hospital Association
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CHA Statement on 2013 State of Colorado Status Report on the Health Facility-Acquired Infections Disclosure Initiative

Date Jan. 15, 2013
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, COLO. (Jan. 15, 2013) — The Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) issued the following statement today in regards to the 2013 State of Colorado Status Report on the Health Facility-Acquired Infections Disclosure Initiative, written and published by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE):

CHA believes the health facility-acquired infections (HAI) report demonstrates continued progress at Colorado hospitals towards reducing infection rates statewide. While the Association is gratified with the documented improvements, much work remains to be done, as every hospital in Colorado is ultimately working towards a facility-acquired infection rate of zero.

CHA has long supported the public reporting of HAI data. Quality and patient safety are top priorities for Colorado hospitals, which are safer and more transparent than ever before. Hospitals constantly assess and improve quality of care while implementing better patient safety systems.

Reducing infection rates is not just good for patient health—it’s also an important method of reducing overall health care costs in Colorado. Research has found that even slight reductions in infection rates can add up to significant savings in hospitalization duration and cost.

The HAI report is one of many health care data sources now available to the public. Other such sources include the federal Hospital Compare website; the Colorado Hospital Report Card; the Hospital Charges and Average Length of Stay Report published by CHA; and the Colorado All-Payer Claims Database. CHA and its members are constantly exploring new ways and opportunities to make health care data available for public use and understanding.

CHA hopes to collaborate with CDPHE in 2013 and beyond to find opportunities to mitigate instances of facility underreporting where possible, and provide additional education and resources to member hospitals and health systems as needed.

About the Colorado Hospital Association
The Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) represents 100 member hospitals and health systems throughout Colorado. CHA partners with its members to work towards health reform and performance improvement, and provides advocacy and representation at the state and federal level. Colorado hospitals and health systems are committed to providing coverage and access to safe, high-quality and affordable health care. In addition, Colorado hospitals have a tremendous impact on the state’s economic stability and growth, contributing to nearly every community across the state with 72,000 employees statewide.