The Department of Health and Human Services has released preliminary estimates showing 50,000 fewer patients died in hospitals and approximately $12 billion in healthcare cost savings because of decreased hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) from 2010 to 2013.

Over the three-year period, HACs declined 17 percent from 145 to 121 instances per 1,000 discharges. A cumulative total of 1.3 million fewer HACs were experienced by hospital patients, according to HHS’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. AHRQ reports that in 2013 alone almost 35,000 fewer patients died in hospitals and about 800,000 fewer incidents of harm occurred, saving approximately $8 billion. HACs include adverse drug events, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, central line associated bloodstream infections, pressure ulcers, and surgical site infections, among others. 

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