Efforts To Improve Patient Safety Result in 1.3 Million Fewer Patient Harms

Efforts to improve patient safety result in 1.3 million fewer patient harms, 50,000 lives saved and $12 billion in health spending avoided 

A report released today by Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell shows an estimated 50,000 fewer patients died in hospitals and approximately $12 billion in health care costs were saved as a result of a reduction in hospital-acquired conditions from 2010 to 2013. This progress toward a safer health care system occurred during a period of concerted attention by hospitals throughout the country to reduce adverse events. The efforts were due in part to provisions of the Affordable Care Act such as Medicare payment incentives to improve the quality of care and the HHS Partnership for Patients initiative. Preliminary estimates show that in total, hospital patients experienced 1.3 million fewer hospital-acquired conditions from 2010 to 2013. This translates to a 17 percent decline in hospital-acquired conditions over the three-year period. Click here to continue reading the press release.

In addition, AHRQ Director Richard Kronick, Ph.D., published a blog on how AHRQ has developed the measurement strategy as well as the evidence base and tools that hospitals can use to reduce patient harm.