AHRQ National Scorecard on Hospital-Acquired Conditions

The AHRQ National Scorecard on Hospital-Acquired Conditions: Updated Baseline Rates and Preliminary Results 2014–2016 (PDF, 1.2 MB) is a report that shows progress toward the 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, 2014 to 2016, the most recent report, shows that from 2014 to 2016, HACs fell by 8 percent, saving about 8,000 lives and about $2.9 billion in healthcare costs.

Previous reports:

Methods To Estimate the Baseline 2010 PFP National Hospital-Acquired Condition Rate (PDF, 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, 1.61 MB)

Page last reviewed June 2018
Page originally created May 2014
Internet Citation: AHRQ National Scorecard on Hospital-Acquired Conditions. Content last reviewed June 2018. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/pfp/index.html