AHRQ National Scorecard on Rates of Hospital-Acquired Conditions

The National Scorecard on Rates of Hospital-Acquired Conditions, 2010 to 2015 (PDF version, 260 KB) is a report that shows progress toward the Partnership for Patients’ goal of reducing hospital-acquired conditions (HACs). These are conditions that a patient develops while in the hospital being treated for something else.

The National Scorecard on Rates of Hospital-Acquired Conditions, 2010 to 2015, the most recent report, shows that from 2010 to 2015, HACs fell by 21 percent, saving 125,000 lives and $28 billion in health care costs.  Read the AHRQ press release.

Previous reports:

Methods To Estimate the Baseline 2010 PFP National Hospital-Acquired Condition Rate (PDF version, 237 KB)

To improve how the Nation tracks its progress on reducing HACs and other adverse events, AHRQ is developing the AHRQ Quality and Safety Review System. This patient safety surveillance system will capture information about HACs and other adverse events directly from electronic health records.

AHRQ awarded a contract in 2016 that developed methods and estimated the incremental inpatient financial costs and additional inpatient mortality associated with 10 selected hospital-acquired conditions. The final report of this project, Estimating the Additional Hospital Inpatient Cost and Mortality Associated With Selected Hospital-Acquired Conditions, can be found here. (PDF version, 1.61 MB)

Page last reviewed November 2017
Page originally created May 2014
Internet Citation: AHRQ National Scorecard on Rates of Hospital-Acquired Conditions. Content last reviewed November 2017. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/pfp/index.html