If you look at recent reports of the mortality rate of patients hospitalized with pneumonia, you’ll see a steady decline. That can only mean advances in clinical care and improvements in quality are saving more patients, right?
Good news from the Joint Commission’s latest report on hospital quality: Significant gains were made across the board on key indicators of care quality.
It’s a question of utmost importance as the country debates what the health care system should look like: Do hospitals that spend less do so at the risk of providing poorer care?
Hospital-acquired cases of pneumonia and sepsis could cost more than $8 billion in increased health costs — and 48,000 patient deaths — annually.