A projected 1.7 million patients nationwide will get an infection during a hospital stay this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate. To track whether patients are receiving appropriate and effective care and drive performance improvements, New York City has begun posting data on infection and death rates in its 11 public hospitals at www.nyc.gov/hhc. The city is also posting how often the hospitals are following best practices in treating certain conditions, such as heart attacks and pneumonia, and how well public nursing homes are doing in reducing falls, bed sores and managing pain. HHC in Focus features graphs and charts to make it easy to track performance trends at various facilities and compare those trends to state and national benchmarks. New York State passed a law this year requiring hospitals to report rates of certain types of infections to the State Health Department, which will issue report cards in 2009. It joins Pennsylvania, Michigan, Florida and Vermont in mandating reporting of hospital data.