US Department of Health and Human Services Reports Reductions in Hospital-Acquired Conditions
Monday, December 8, 2014
Report cites 17% decline from 2010 to 2013
The US Department of Health and Human Services released a report on December 2 providing preliminary estimates of hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) for 2013. The report, Interim Update on 2013 Annual Hospital-Acquired Condition Rate and Estimates of Cost Savings and Deaths Averted From 2010 to 2013, suggests a 9% decline between 2012 and 2013, and a 17% decline since 2010. Overall, HHS estimates that there were 1.3 million fewer HACs and that 50,000 fewer patients died as a result of HACs over the three years from 2010-2013 than would have had the 2010 rates remained the same.
Hospital-acquired conditions include certain infections (central-line-associated bloodstream infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, and surgical site infections), pressure ulcers, falls, adverse drug events, and other conditions.
The reduction in HACs is largely attributed to efforts by the federal Partnership for Patients initiative, changes in payments to hospitals, and the formation of National Quality Improvement Organizations to provide technical assistance.
The report also suggests that the reduction in HACs saved $12 billion in health care costs during the time period studied.
NPSF President Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, was among many experts quoted in the press about the report and the data. "It's important to note that in addition to making care safe for patients, any improvement in this magnitude is also going to reduce costs of care. Hospital leaders as well as our elected officials should take note of that, and renew their commitment to funding quality and safety programs,” she said.
Read the AHRQ press release about the report.