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New state law requires Illinois Department of Public Health to publish Hospital Report Card online

August 3, 2011

Online Staff Report

SYCAMORE, Ill. — A newly-signed state law requires the Illinois Department of Public Health (DPH) to publish its Hospital Report Card on its website.

“Putting this information online will help increase transparency and accountability in our community’s hospitals,” said state Sen. Christine J. Johnson (R-35), a sponsor of the bill. “By making this information more readily available, consumers can begin to make informed decisions about their health care needs for themselves and their family.”

The original Hospital Report Card Act was enacted in 2004 to provide Illinois consumers with access to information about the quality of health care provided in all hospitals throughout the state. The act requires hospitals to submit reports every quarter to DPH that include training and orientation procedures and staffing levels.

In addition to the quarterly report card, the DPH website will also include the Consumer Guide to Health Care, which includes information about inpatient conditions and procedures.

Johnson said this information will now be online thanks to a constituent in her district who suggested the idea.

“This is another common-sense idea that legislators overlooked when they created an otherwise very good law, and thanks to a constituent, we now all will have easy access to this important information,” Johnson said. “I encourage others with suggestions for legislation to contact my office, because we often all benefit from such great ideas as this one.”

Johnson’s district office is at 1101 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, and can be reached at (815) 895-6318.

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