Saturday, April 01, 2006
Hospitals Not the Safest Places to Be, Either
"The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council, which released the report last week, postulates that the apparent increase is due to improved public reporting and shows the actual impact of hospital-acquired infections state and nationwide.
"The report, which examined incidents, related costs and reporting data through the first three quarters of 2005, also noted that healthcare-acquired infections resulted in 1,456 more patient deaths, 227,000 extra hospital days and $2.3 billion in additional hospital charges than in 2004.
"Using 2004 data — 2005 data was not yet available — the report estimates the cost of treating a patient with a healthcare-acquired infection at $52,600 more than treating a patient without one. This average totals to $613.7 million in additional payments from commercial insurers, Medicare and Medicaid in 2004."