The MA Hospital Association has organized its members into producing a website presenting data on falls and bed sores in the state's hospitals. Here's a summary of the program and a link to the website.
The MA Nurses Association quickly said that this was "just another public relations gimmick by the hospital industry to avoid doing what they should be doing, which is to prevent these complications from occurring in the first place." (Sorry, I don't have a link to this quote. The press release was emailed to me.)
I understand that the MNA is pursuing a certain agenda that the MHA has opposed, i.e., legislation to mandate nurse staffing ratios, but it is a shame that it could not find a way to compliment the MHA for doing something worthwhile. As I have discussed elsewhere, publication of clinical results is a highly effective way of holding organizations accountable and helping to drive quality improvement.
Is it just a sign of the times that discourse on such items has to be the victim of polarization on other issues?