Government report shows improvement in patient harm and readmissions

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

July 23, 2014

Data released in May by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shows improvements in patient safety have saved thousands of lives and billions in healthcare costs.


The HHS report shows a 9% reduction in harms experienced by patients, including adverse drug events, falls, and infections, and an 8% reduction in Medicare fee-for-service 30-day readmissions nationwide. The report estimates that these reductions have prevented 560,000 patient harm events and nearly 15,000 patient deaths in hospitals, in addition to saving approximately $4.1 billion in costs between 2010 and 2012.

This is an excerpt from an article in Patient Safety Monitor Journal.

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