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AHRQ National Scorecard on Hospital-Acquired Conditions Updated Baseline Rates and Preliminary Results 2014–2017.
Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; January 2019.
Hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) represent a significant source of preventable harm to patients. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services financially penalizes hospitals with increased numbers of HACs through the Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program. This policy of nonpayment has prompted hospitals to focus significant resources on preventing HACs. This AHRQ report found a reduction in HACs from 99 per 1000 acute care discharges to 86 per 1000 discharges between 2014 and 2017, representing a decrease in 910,000 HACs and savings of $7.7 billion. Declines in certain HACs such as adverse drug events and Clostridium difficile infections were noted to be more significant as compared to others. A past WebM&M commentary highlighted the clinical significance of HACs and described an incident involving a patient who developed a pressure ulcer while in the hospital.
Journal Article > Review
Joseph A, Henriksen K, Malone E. Health Aff (Millwood). 2018;37:1884-1891.
The built environment influences the safety and effectiveness of care delivery. This narrative review examines how care facility design can reduce health care–associated infections, falls, and medication errors. The authors provide suggestions regarding a range of facility design strategies and discuss how accreditation, funding, and policy organizations can support design projects as improvement efforts.
Journal Article > Study
Magill SS, O'Leary E, Janelle SJ, et al; Emerging Infections Program Hospital Prevalence Survey Team. N Engl J Med. 2018;379:1732-1744.
Health care–associated infections (HAIs) are a key cause of preventable harm in hospitals. Successful programs to avert HAIs include the comprehensive unit-based safety program to reduce catheter-related bloodstream infections and the AHRQ Safety Program for Surgery to prevent surgical site infections. This survey of 12,299 patients at 199 hospitals on a single day enabled researchers to estimate the prevalence of HAIs in the United States. In 2015, 3.2% of hospitalized patients experienced an HAI, a 16% decrease compared to a similarly derived estimate in 2011. The most common HAIs were pneumonia and Clostridium difficile infections, while the biggest reductions were in urinary tract and surgical site infections. This data emphasizes the importance of identifying strategies to combat pneumonia in nonventilated patients, which remains common and less well-studied than other HAIs. A past PSNet perspective discussed the history around efforts to address preventable HAIs, including federal initiatives.
Tools/Toolkit > Fact Sheet/FAQs
Gray D, Azam I. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; October 2018. AHRQ Publication No. 18(19)-0033-4-EF.
The National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports review analysis specific to tracking patient safety challenges and improvements in areas of focus such as hospital-acquired infections. The most recent update documented more than two-thirds improvement in patient safety measures tracked. This set of tools includes summaries drawn from the reports for use in presentations to enhance distribution and application of the data.
Web Resource > Government Resource
QualityNet. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Eliminating hospital-acquired harm requires policy, organizational, and individual approaches to motivate the necessary changes. This website provides information and data collected from a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services financial incentive program reducing reimbursements to hospitals with elevated rates of hospital-acquired conditions.
Journal Article > Study
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services hospital-acquired conditions policy for central line–associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) and catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) shows minimal impact on hospital reimbursement.
Calderwood MS, Kawai AT, Jin R, Lee GM. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2018;39:897-901.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) nonpayment policy for health care–associated infections is widely viewed as a catalyst for infection prevention initiatives. This analysis of Medicare fee-for-service claims data shows that following nonpayment policy implementation, there was a substantial increase in claims in which central line–associated bloodstream infections and catheter-associated urinary tract infections were reported to be present on arrival to the hospital. According to this analysis, because CMS continued to reimburse hospitals for conditions present on arrival, the nonpayment policy did not have significant financial impact. The authors conclude that the nonpayment policy for health care–associated infections did not have its intended effect. A past PSNet interview discussed the potential benefits and limitations of insurers not paying for preventable complications.
AHRQ National Scorecard on Hospital-Acquired Conditions Updated Baseline Rates and Preliminary Results 2014–2016.
Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; June 2018.
Reducing hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) such as health care-associated infections has been a major focus of quality improvement efforts, motivated in part by Medicare nonpayment and reporting. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HAC rates decreased by just over 20% between 2010 and 2015. In this report, AHRQ estimates that between 2014 and 2016, HAC reduction efforts resulted in an 8% decrease in events, $2.9 billion dollars in savings, and the prevention of about 8,000 deaths. While infections and adverse drug events decreased, pressure ulcers increased and represent an opportunity for further improvement. Overall, this report suggests that HAC reduction efforts continue to be successful.
Bethesda, MD: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health. May 21, 2018. PA-18-790; PA-18-791.
Web Resource > Course Material/Curriculum
Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; September 2017.
Web Resource > Course Material/Curriculum
Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; 2017.
Falls are a primary focus of quality and patient safety improvement efforts in hospitals. This training program provides educational webinars and implementation guidance to help hospitals use an AHRQ toolkit to decrease risk of falls. The toolkit draws from a 2-year pilot project that achieved sustained improvements for organizations in the program.
Tools/Toolkit > Government Resource
Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Health literacy is important for effective care communications and safe medication use. This toolkit provides resources associated with medication therapy management and patient health literacy. Materials include health literacy assessments and guidance for prescription medicine instructions. A past PSNet perspective discussed the role of health literacy in patient safety.
Journal Article > Study
One needle, one syringe, only one time? A survey of physician and nurse knowledge, attitudes, and practices around injection safety.
Kossover-Smith RA, Coutts K, Hatfield KM, et al. Am J Infect Control. 2017;45:1018-1023.
Unsafe injection practices in health care settings have led to more than 50 disease outbreaks in the past 20 years. In this cross-sectional, voluntary survey across 8 states, 12% of responding physicians stated that needles were reused between patients in their workplace. Nearly 8% of physicians thought this was an acceptable practice. The authors discuss implications for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's One & Only safe injection campaign.
Web Resource > Government Resource
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Jewett C. Kaiser Health News. May 9, 2017.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services decision to withhold payment for certain hospital-acquired conditions has prompted widespread efforts to prevent such events. This news article reports on an evaluation by the Office of Inspector General that found regulator review of hospital-acquired infection reports submitted to Medicare to be insufficient, which hinders hospitals' ability to learn from factors that contribute to infections.
National Scorecard on Rates of Hospital-Acquired Conditions 2010 to 2015: Interim Data From National Efforts to Make Health Care Safer.
Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; December 2016.
Medicare nonpayment and reporting requirements have stimulated health care organizations to focus on reducing hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) such as health care–associated infections and never events. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality regularly tracks HAC rates, including rates of adverse drug events, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, central line–associated bloodstream infections, falls, obstetric adverse events, pressure ulcers, surgical site infections, ventilator-associated pneumonias, and postoperative venous thromboembolisms. According to data from the AHRQ National Scorecard, HACs have decreased by 21% between 2010 and 2015. This represents a total of 3.1 million fewer HACs contracted by hospitalized patients over 5 years, saving an estimated 125,000 lives and $28 billion. These findings represent substantial progress and support the success of incentives designed to eliminate HACs as a source of patient harm.
Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; October 2016.
Grant > Government Resource
Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; October 13, 2016. PA-17-007 and PA-17-008.
Health care–associated infections occur across various health care settings. AHRQ seeks to support large research (R01) and dissemination (R18) projects working to develop strategies and approaches for preventing and reducing health care–associated infections. Applications will be accepted on a standard submission schedule through January 26, 2021 for the R18 funding and March 6, 2021 for the R01 funding.
Journal Article > Government Resource
Vital signs: epidemiology of sepsis: prevalence of health care factors and opportunities for prevention.
Novosad SA, Sapiano MR, Grigg C, et al. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2016;65:864-869.
Sepsis has been a significant focus of quality improvement initiatives. In this retrospective review, researchers sought to identify patient characteristics, risk factors, and infections that might inform sepsis diagnosis, treatment, and prevention efforts. The medical records of a random sample of 246 adult and 79 pediatric patients with codes for severe sepsis or septic shock across 4 New York hospitals were reviewed. Investigators found that 72% of patients had exposure to at least one health care factor during the 30 days prior to being admitted for sepsis or a medical condition requiring frequent health care contact. Pneumonia was the most frequently documented infection causing sepsis. They concluded that reducing sepsis will require an ongoing focus on infection prevention.
CDC Vital Signs. August 23, 2016.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Health Care Innovations Exchange. May 18, 2016.