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Under fire from hospitals, legislator drops measure requiring reports of superbug deaths

Under fire from hospitals, legislator drops measure requiring reports of superbug deaths

After complaints from California hospitals and physicians, a state legislator has stripped his bill of a measure that would have required doctors to record deadly infections on death certificates.

The California Hospital Assn. and the California Medical Assn. wrote letters saying they opposed the plan by state Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo). The measure would have required physicians to include drug-resistant bacterial infections on the death certificate if in their opinion it helped cause a person’s death.

Underreporting of hospital-acquired infections is a problem across the country. California health officials do not track deaths from these infections, which experts say...

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