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National Scorecard on Rates of Hospital-Acquired Conditions 2010 to 2015: Interim Data From National Efforts To Make Health Care Safer

The Agency on Healthcare and Quality Research (AHRQ) has released the interim data for Hospital-Acquired Conditions for 2010 to 2015. 

  • “Although the precise causes of the decline in patient harm are not fully understood, the increase in safety has occurred during a period of concerted attention by hospitals throughout the country to reduce adverse events.”
  • “Preliminary 2015 estimates indicate that the decline in HACs resulted in estimated cost savings of approximately $8.3 billion in 2015. Estimated cumulative savings for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 are approximately $28.2 billion.”

In conclusion, AHRQ states: “Much more work remains, even with the preliminary data incicating 21% decline in HACs.”

To access this article go to: https://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/pfp/2015-interim.html