Modern Healthcare writes: A set of 14 hospital-acquired conditions that the CMS considers avoidable accounted for 48,771 adverse patient outcomes, 3,219 deaths and more than $2 billion in excess hospital costs in 2016, according to a new research brief. Patients experiencing these hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) were in the hospital about 8 days longer on average than other patients, with an average excess hospital cost of $41,917, not including physician fees, according to the analysis by IBM Watson Health. Their increased mortality risk was 72.3%. IBM Watson’s analysis drew on an inpatient database of nearly 20 million CMS and private insurance discharges in 2016.
- Modern Healthcare: http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20181022/NEWS/181029995