Improved Patient Safety Result in 1.3 Million Fewer Hospital Acquired Conditions

Posted: 12/11/2014
Category: Public Health

Hospital-acquired conditions decline by 17 percent over a three-year period

A report released by HHS on December 2 shows an estimated 50,000 fewer patients died in hospitals and approximately $12 billion in health care costs were saved as a result of a reduction in hospital-acquired conditions from 2010 to 2013.

This progress toward a safer health care system occurred during a period of concerted attention by hospitals throughout the country to reduce adverse events.

The efforts were duein part to provisions of the Affordable Care Act, such as Medicare payment incentives to improve the quality of care and the HHS Partnership for Patients initiative. Preliminary estimates show that in total, hospital patients experienced 1.3 million fewer hospital-acquired conditions from 2010 to 2013. This translates to a 17 percent decline in hospital-acquired conditions over the three-year period.

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