Report Reveals Texas Hospitals' Potentially Preventable Complications Data

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has released the Potentially Preventable Complications in Texas Calendar Year 2012 Report, which shows that about 6.8 percent of Texas health facility inpatient stays (single patient visit or admission through discharge) in 2012 had at least one potentially preventable complication (PPC). 

The report, which lists the hospitals and facilities that reported PPC data, defines PPCs as "harmful events or negative outcomes that develop after hospital admission and may result from the process of care and treatment rather than from a natural progression of underlying disease." 

Among the 347 hospitals included in the analysis, more than 50 percent had PPC rates lower than the statewide average. The report also indicates that 76.4 percent of hospitals had fewer or equal numbers of PPC stays than expected, and 23.7 percent had higher numbers of PPC stays than expected.

The report's results will help Texas develop and expand policy for improving health outcomes.

Action, Aug. 3, 2015

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May 13, 2016

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