Study: Hospitals grow less dangerous

(AP) New data released Tuesday shows the danger for hospital patients for preventable infections, drug errors and falls has waned over the past few years. A federal research agency found a 17 percent decline in such errors from 2010 to 2013. Using methods developed by health care quality experts, a report estimated that 50,000 fewer patients died in the hospital and about $12 billion in health care costs was saved as a result of the decline. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell called the reduction significant as she announced the findings at a conference in Baltimore. “It represents historic progress on health care quality,” Burwell said in prepared remarks. “It represents healthier patients and health care dollars being spent more wisely.”