CMS announces funding to help hospitals improve quality, safety

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation seeks to contract with large health care systems, associations, state organizations and others to help hospitals redesign care processes to improve health care quality and safety, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced yesterday. The Hospital Engagement Contractors will provide training and technical assistance to improve performance in 10 focus areas under the Partnership for Patients initiative: 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; and preventable readmissions. CMS said it is interested in “testing models such as large improvement networks aimed at rapidly studying and identifying alternative methodologies and care models for bringing about rapid change and improvements in patient care.” The agency will host a July 6 webinar on the solicitation, and expects to award up to $500 million in contracts.

06-24-2011 04:37 (EDT)