New Partnership Encourages Health Care Quality

The Partnership for Patients is a new public-private partnership to help improve the quality, safety and affordability of health care in the United States. Its two goals are to: keep patients from getting injured or sicker; and, help patients heal without complication.

Its nine areas of focus are:

  • Adverse Drug Events
  • Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections
  • Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infections
  • Injuries from falls and immobility
  • Obstetrical Adverse Events
  • Pressure Ulcers
  • Surgical Site Infections
  • Venous Thromboembolism
  • Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia
  • Other Hospital-Acquired Conditions

Currently more than 6,200 partners, including over 2,800 hospitals as well as physicians and nurses groups, consumer groups, and employers, have pledged their commitment to the Partnership. Using as much as $1 billion in new funding provided by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will work with a wide variety of public and private partners to achieve the two core goals.

The recently formed Innovation Center at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services intends to dedicate over $500 million to test models of safer care delivery and promote implementation of best practices in patient safety. CMS will also provide $500 million for a Community-based Care Transition Program created by the ACA to support hospitals and community based organizations in helping Medicare beneficiaries at high risk for readmission to the hospital safely transition from the hospital to other care settings.

Source: Partnership for Patients: Better Care, Lower Costs.

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