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AHRQ - Declines in Hospital-Acquired Conditions Save 8,000 Lives and $2.9 Billion in Costs

PIPSQC is pleased to share the latest AHRQ National Scorecard on Hospital-Acquired Conditions - which shows continued progress in improving patient safety, a sign that initiatives led by CMS are helping to make care safer.

According to the report, national efforts to reduce hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) - such as adverse drug events, central-line associated bloodstream infections, surgical site infections, ventilator-associated pneumonias, and injuries from falls - helped prevent an estimated 8,000 deaths and save $2.9 billion between 2014 and 2016. The report estimates that 350,000 hospital-acquired conditions were avoided and the rate was reduced by 8 percent from 2014 to 2016.

The newly measured declines in hospital-acquired conditions parallel earlier gains. Hospital-acquired conditions overall dropped 17 percent from 2010 to 2014, saving $19.9 billion in healthcare costs and preventing 87,000 deaths.

As per the AHRQ press release, CMS has set a goal of reducing hospital-acquired conditions by 20 percent from 2014 through 2019. Through the work of the Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks (HIINs), CMS drives this aim through quality improvement assistance to more than 4,000 of the nation's 5,000 hospitals by spreading best practices in harm reduction. Once the 20 percent reduction goal is met, AHRQ projects that during 2015 through 2019 there would be 1.8 million fewer patients with hospital-acquired conditions, resulting in 53,000 fewer deaths and saving $19.1 billion in hospital costs from 2015 through 2019.


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