Report Shows Hospitalization Costs 3-Fold Higher for Patients With HAI

The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council issued a new report showing a decrease in infection and mortality rates for patients who received care at Pennsylvania hospitals in 2010.

In 2010, there were 1.88 million patients who received care at Pennsylvania hospitals. An assessment of these patients' outcomes revealed the following:

•    Approximately 1.13 percent of patients contracted at least one healthcare-associated infection, down from 1.2 percent of patients in 2009.

•    In 2010, the mortality rate for patients with an HAI was 9.1 percent, down from 9.4 percent in 2009. The mortality rate was 1.7 percent for patients without an HAI in 2010.


•    Generally speaking, patients with an HAI had longer hospital stays and higher in-hospital mortality and readmission rates than patients who did not have an HAI.

•    The estimated average Medi¬care fee-for-service payment for hospital stays for patients who acquired an HAI was $21,378, compared to $6,709 for those without an HAI.

•    Conditions with the highest rates of HAI included leukemia and lymphomas, respiratory failure, abdominal hernia, heart valve disorders and aneurysm/blood clot of artery in limb or abdomen.

•    Procedures with the highest rate of surgical site infections included peripheral vascular bypass surgery, colon and rectal surgery, small bowel surgery, liver, pancreas and bile duct surgery and surgery to repair hernia.

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