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Hospital-acquired conditions continue to decline, saving lives and costs

from Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

The Department of Health and Human Services released an AHRQ report showing that an estimated 87,000 fewer patients died in hospitals and nearly $20 billion in healthcare costs were saved as a result of reductions in hospital-acquired conditions from 2010 to 2014. The report indicates that HACs were reduced by 17 percent in 2014, contributing to an overall reduction of 2.1 million HACs since 2010. To develop the report, AHRQ analyzed the incidence of avoidable HACs compared to 2010 rates, using as a baseline estimates of deaths and excess healthcare costs that were developed when the Partnership for Patients was launched. AHRQ's analysis included a number of HACs including adverse drug events, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, central line associated bloodstream infections, pressure ulcers and surgical site infections, among others. more

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