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AHRQ Report: National Patient Safety Efforts Save 125,000 Lives and Nearly $28 Billion in Costs

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality National Scorecard on Rates of Hospital-Acquired Conditions estimates a 21% decline in hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) from 2010 to 2015. A cumulative total of 3.1 million fewer HACs were experienced by hospital patients over five years, relative to the number of HACs that would have occurred if rates had remained steady at the 2010 level. AHRQ estimates that nearly 125,000 fewer patients died in the hospital as a result of HACs and that about $28 billion in healthcare costs were saved from 2010 to 2015 due to HAC reductions.

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. This effort has been spurred in part by Medicare payment incentives and catalyzed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Partnership for Patients (PfP) initiative, which was started in 2011.

The New York State Partnership for Patients (NYSPFP) is continuing this important work and is currently enrolling hospitals in the Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN). All hospitals are encouraged to participate.  Hospitals and health systems interested in NYSPFP should contact Nancy Landor at (518) 431-7685.  Contact: Nancy Landor

Published December 21, 2016