New AHRQ Report Shows Declines in Hospital-Acquired Conditions

Celebrating progress made against hospital-acquired conditions! According to a recently released report by AHRQ, national efforts to reduce hospital-acquired conditions such as adverse drug events and injuries from falls helped prevent 8,000 deaths and save $2.9 billion between 2014 and 2016.

The AHRQ National Scorecard on Hospital-Acquired Conditionsestimates that 350,000 hospital-acquired conditions were avoided and the rate was reduced by 8 percent from 2014 to 2016. Data on these conditions are calculated and analyzed by AHRQ to help the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) track efforts to reduce patient harm by 20 percent from 2014 to 2019. Continuing reductions in hospital-acquired conditions are a signal that ongoing initiatives by AHRQ and other Federal agencies are helping to make care safer.

AHRQ National Scorecard on Hospital-Acquired Conditions. Content last reviewed June 2018. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.