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New Report Shows Drop in Hospital-Acquired Conditions Since 2010

A new report from the Department of Health and Human Services shows that hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) have declined over the past five years.

According to data, which was compiled and analyzed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, from 2010 to 2015:

  • about 125,000 fewer patients died because of issues related to HACs, resulting in a savings of $28 billion;
  • hospital patients experienced about 3 million fewer HACs, representing a 21 percent decline over the period.

Contact Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at or 202.585.0127 with questions.


About the Author

Michelle Rosenfeld is manager of communications at America's Essential Hospitals.

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