Rate of Hospital-Acquired Conditions Fell by 17% From 2010 to 2014
A new Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality report found a 17% drop in hospital-acquired conditions from 2010 to 2014 but noted that "there is still much more work to be done. The researchers found that hospital patients experienced 2.1 million fewer HACs from 2010 to 2014, relative to the number of HACs that would have occurred if rates remained what they were in 2010. The decline resulted in nearly 87,000 fewer deaths in the hospital and about $20 billion in health care savings.
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