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2015 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report and 5th Anniversary Update

Each year since 2003, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has produced the National Healthcare Quality Report and the National Healthcare Disparities Report. These reports to Congress are mandated in the Healthcare Research and Quality Act of 1999 (P.L. 106-129). Beginning with the 2014 reports, findings on health care quality and health care disparities are integrated into a single document. For the first time, this year’s National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report and National Quality Strategy Update is a joint effort addressing the progress made against the National Quality Strategy (NQS) priorities at the 5-year anniversary of the Strategy. The NQS is backed by the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report data. Integration of these two efforts within AHRQ supports the development of this more comprehensive report on the success of efforts to achieve better health and health care and reduce disparities.

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Eliminating Harm Checklists l Reduce All-Cause, Preventable Harm

The AHA/HRET HEN 2.0 team has worked with Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence (HPOE) to produce a new resource as you approach harm reduction in your facility. The new compilation "Eliminating Harm Checklists" gathers evidence-based best practices, improvement strategies and action items along with checklists and resources that may be effective within your organization.

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Reducing Preventable Harm in Hospitals

Through a robust collaboration between the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, many state hospital associations and numerous individual hospitals, there has been a notable reduction in hospital preventable harm. Since the inception of the collaboration in 2011, patients have experienced 2.1 million fewer incidents of harm. In short, this translates to an estimated 87,000 deaths prevented and $20 billion saved in health care costs between 2011 and 2014. Read more about the national efforts to improve patient safety and the Partnership for Patients initiative in the article featured below.

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Medical Errors May Cause Over 250,000 Deaths a Year

If medical error were considered a disease, a new study has found, it would be the third leading cause of death in the United States, behind only heart disease and cancer.

Medical error is not reported as a cause of death on death certificates, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has no “medical error” category in its annual report on deaths and mortality. But in this study, researchers defined medical error as any health care intervention that causes a preventable death.

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