Since 2011, the decrease in HACs has reduced healthcare costs by an estimated $28.2 billion and has saved almost 125,000 lives.
This graphic summarizes the AHRQ findings.
The report said the reasons for these improvements “are not fully understood,” but might be due to the following:
- Financial incentives created by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and other payers’ payment policies,
- Public reporting of hospital-level results,
- Technical assistance offered to hospitals by the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) program, and
- Technical assistance and catalytic efforts of the HHS PfP [[Pay for Performance] initiative led by CMS.
No. the news could only be found on HealthcareIT Analytics, Fierce Healthcare, the website of the Healthcare Association of New York State, Pharmacy Practice News, and HealthcareIT News where I obtained the multicolored graphic above.
Why do you suppose no major media outlet reported the story?
Good news doesn’t get clicks.