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HHS Data Show Quality Improvements and Cost Savings Through Reductions in Hospital-Induced Harm

The Department of Health and Human Services announced that new data show a 9% decrease nationally in hospital-acquired infections in 2011 and 2012.  Reductions in adverse drug events and other types of hospital-induced harm have prevented almost 15,000 deaths in hospitals, avoided 560,000 patient injuries, and have saved approximately $4 billion in health spending.  These improvements reflect public-private collaboration and policies made possible by the Affordable Care Act.

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