Declines in Hospital-Acquired Conditions

The AHRQ National Scorecard on Hospital-Acquired Conditions: Updated Baseline Rates and Preliminary Results 2014 to 2016 (PDF, 1.2 MB) shows progress toward the goal of reducing hospital-acquired conditions (HACs).

The report estimates that 350,000 HACs were avoided, and the rate was reduced by 8 percent from 2014 to 2016. AHRQ calculated and analyzed data on these conditions to help the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services track its efforts to reduce patient harm by 20 percent from 2014 to 2019. National efforts to reduce HACs, such as adverse drug events and injuries from falls, helped prevent 8,000 deaths and save $2.9 billion between 2014 and 2016.

Continuing reductions in HACs are a signal that ongoing initiatives by AHRQ and other Federal agencies are helping to make care safer.

Select to access the press release and an infographic.

Page last reviewed June 2018
Page originally created June 2018
Internet Citation: Declines in Hospital-Acquired Conditions. Content last reviewed June 2018. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.