Poor hospital performance attributed to 34,393 Medicare patient deaths between 2003 and 2005

If all hospitals performed at the level of the top-ranked hospitals, approximately 34,393 Medicare deaths could have been prevented from 2003 through 2005, a recent Healthgrades study reports. Further, approximately 206,286 patient safety incidents would not have occurred and the U.S. could have saved $1.74 billion.

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