Medicare deaths, costs and hospitalizations down: 5 key notes

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The healthcare system in the United States has made incredible improvements in reducing deaths, costs and hospitalizations, according to USA Today.

Here are five notes:

1. From 1999 to 2013, mortality rates among Medicare patients fell 16 percent, amounting to more than 300,000 fewer deaths a year in 2013 as opposed to 1999.

2. Hospital rates among fee-for-service patients fell 24 percent, or 3 million fewer hospitalizations in 2013 than 1999.

3. Patients in hospitals were 45 percent less likely to die during their stay. Patients were 24 percent less likely to die within a month of admission and 22 percent less likely to die within a year.

4. The costs for hospitalized patients decreased 15 percent among fee-for-service patients.

5. Many factors contribute to these reductions including minimizing medical errors, public health improvements and efforts to improve safety by staff.

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