Jan. 23—Wisconsin hospitals’ efforts to improve quality and safety have reduced healthcare costs by an estimated $45.6 million, according to a new report, Wisconsin Hospitals: Improving Quality & Value of Care, released by the Wisconsin Hospital Association. 

The most significant contribution to lowering costs was prevention of 3,556 unnecessary readmissions, saving $34 million between 2012 and 2013. Other significant savings from quality improvements include a 42 percent reduction in central line-associated blood stream infections that avoided nearly $6 million in costs from 2008 to 2013 and a 37 percent reduction in surgical site infections that avoided nearly $5 million in costs from 2012 to 2013.

The report reviews results of both individual hospital efforts and collaborations such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Partnership for Patients project and the Wisconsin Hospital Association’s Partners for Patients program.

Publication Date: Thursday, January 23, 2014