New AHRQ Report: Quality of Care, Patient Safety Improving
Friday, May 1, 2015
Posted by: Patricia McTiernan
AHRQ Report: Quality of Care and Patient Safety Is Improving, Particularly for Hospital Care, Although More Work Remains
The overall quality of health care and patient safety is improving, particularly for hospital care and for measures that are publicly reported by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, according to the newly released 2014 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Hospital care was safer in 2013 than in 2010, with 17% fewer harms to patients and an estimated 1.3 million fewer hospital-acquired conditions, 50,000 fewer deaths, and $12 billion in cost savings over 3 years (2011, 2012, 2013).
However, quality is still far from optimal, with millions of patients harmed by the care they receive and only 70% of recommended care being delivered across a broad array of quality measures. A few disparities among racial groups for services such as childhood vaccinations have been reduced to zero; however, much additional work remains to address a broad range of other disparities affecting quality of care.
The AHRQ Patient Safety Chartbook, also now available, provides more detailed information and easy-to-understand slides that can be downloaded for presentations. Complimentary copies of the reports are available online.