Partnership for Patients

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, joined by leaders of major hospitals, physicians, nurses, and patient advocates, announced the Partnership for Patients.

The new national partnership that will help save 60,000 lives by stopping millions of preventable injuries and complications in patient care over the next three years.

To launch this initiative, HHS announced it would invest up to $1 billion in federal funding, made available under the Affordable Care Act. Today, $500 million of that funding was made available through the Community-based Care Transitions Program. Up to $500 million more will be dedicated from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center to support new demonstrations related to reducing hospital-acquired conditions. The funding will be invested in reforms that help achieve two shared goals:

•Keep hospital patients from getting injured or sicker. By the end of 2013, preventable hospital-acquired conditions would decrease by 40-percent compared to 2010.
•Help patients heal without complication. By the end of 2013, preventable complications during a transition from one care setting to another would be decreased so that all hospital readmissions would be reduced by 20-percent compared to 2010.

The Partnership will target all forms of harm to patients but will start by asking hospitals to focus on nine types of medical errors and complications where the potential for dramatic reductions in harm rates has been demonstrated by pioneering hospitals and systems across the country.

HHS has committed $500 million to community-based organizations partnering with eligible hospitals to help patients safely transition between settings of care.

Learn more about Partnership for Health.

04-12-2011 11:04 (EDT)