The agreement will lead to the hiring of more nurses and for the first time set minimum ratios of nurses to patients.
The lack of transparency puts patients at risk, some say. Institutions say disclosure could scare some people away from seeking needed medical care.
The medical community is usually eager to discuss public health issues. But the rise in drug-resistant microbes is cloaked in chronic secrecy.
Thousands of nurses at three big hospital systems in New York City have threatened to strike, saying they are stretched too thin to fully support patients and their families.