National efforts to make health care safer are paying off, with approximately 125,000 fewer patients dying due to hospital-acquired conditions and saving more than $28 billion in health care costs from 2010 through 2015, according to a new government report.
Hospital-acquired conditions are those conditions a patient develops while in the hospital being treated for something else, according to the report released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Last year’s data showed that 87,000 fewer patients died due to hospital-acquired conditions through 2014, with $20 billion in health care costs saved.
HHS credits the improvements to initiatives such as Partnerships for Patients, which was launched in 2011 through the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation to target the issue. Additionally, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have been working with hospital networks and aligned payment incentives to create a greater focus on safe health care, according to HHS.
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