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Hospital-acquired conditions declined by nearly one million from 2014 to 2017; HANYS recognizes members for their dedication to patient safety

National efforts to reduce hospital-acquired conditions such as adverse drug events and healthcare-associated infections helped prevent 20,500 deaths and save $7.7 billion between 2014 and 2017, according to a recent preliminary report by AHRQ and CMS.

The AHRQ National Scorecard on Hospital-Acquired Conditions Updated Baseline Rates and Preliminary Results 2014-2017 estimates that 910,000 HACs were avoided and the rate was reduced by 13% from 2014 to 2017. AHRQ calculates and analyzes data on these conditions to help CMS track efforts to reduce patient harm by 20% from 2014 to 2019.

Continuing reductions in HACs are a signal that hospitals have sustained their relentless focus on making care safer. HANYS congratulates our members for their tireless dedication to improving patient care and outcomes. We look forward to their continued participation in the New York State Partnership for Patients, HANYS’ Commitment to Excellence (C2X) program and our many other collaboratives and support networks. HANYS remains your committed partner in supporting your important work. Contact: Loretta Willis

Published February 1, 2019