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December 2015

Free from Harm – Accelerating Patient Safety Improvement

As a follow  up To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System that was published in 1999, the National Patient Safety Foundation(NPSF) has released their report on how to combat medical errors. This was funded by a grant from American International Group, Inc. (AIG).  NPSF report purposed the following recommendations:

2016 HAC Reduction Program Results

On December 10, 2015, CMS released their report on the 2016 HAC Program results.  “ In FY 2016, 758 out of 3,308 hospitals subject to the HAC Reduction Program are in the worst performing quartile and will have a one percent payment reduction applied to all Medicare discharges occurring between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016.

17 % Decline in Hospital-Acquired Conditions Since 2010

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) report a sustained 17 percent decline in hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) since 2010.  As a result of the reduction in the rate of HACs, they estimate that approximately 790,000 fewer incidents of harm occurred in 2014 than would have occurred if the rate of HACs had remained steady at the 2010 level.  To read the report go to:  

New Joint Commission Campaign to Reduce Readmissions

The Joint Commission has developed two new resources to help health care providers in their efforts to reduce patient readmissions and improve