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The Good and Bad about Hospital Acquired Conditions

The Good & Bad about HAIsThe federal government announced in December 2014 that American hospitals are getting safer.

The Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) reported a 17 percent drop in patient infections and medical errors from 2010 to 2013, and estimated that 50,000 deaths were averted over that span.  Hospital Acquired Conditions (HACs) fell from 145 per thousand discharges to 121 per thousand, thus saving $12 billion.

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Sylvia Burwell, said that the data represent “significant progress on improving the quality of care that patients receive while spending our health care dollars more wisely.”  To read this article, ‘Hospitals Make Unprecedented Strides in Patient Safety,’ click here.

Left unsaid was that H&HS originally set a goal of reducing HACs by 40 percent by the end of 2013, with 60 thousand fewer deaths, 1.8 million fewer harms and $35 billion in savings.

That’s good news!

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Hospital Infection Control, Real-Time Locating System (RTLS)

Cutting Healthcare Costs, Not Caregivers

Cutting Healthcare Costs, Not PeopleIt’s reported that Catholic Health Initiatives will lay off up to 1,500 employees by the end of January 2015. To read full story click here.  Unfortunately, payroll costs are the first target when operating margin is in the red.

But actually, that’s No. 1 on the list of how not to cut healthcare costs according to a pair of Harvard academics. » Continue reading

Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Financial Health of Hospitals, Waste in Healthcare