Monday, April 18, 2011

New Partnership for Patients aims to improve care, reduce cost

The federal government took a step towards sustainable healthcare this month by launching a new initiative to reduce preventable errors in hospitals.  The Partnership for Patients: Better Care, Lower Costs aims to achieve $10 million in health care savings over the next three years. 

The two key objectives of the partnership are to:
  • Keep patients from getting injured or sicker by reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions by 40% by 2013.  Achieving this goal would mean approximately 1.8 million fewer injuries to patients and more than 60,000 lives saved over three years.
  • Help patients heal without complications by reducing hospital readmissions by 20% by 2013.  Achieving this goal would mean more than 1.6 million patients would recover from illness without suffering a preventable complication requiring re-hospitalization within 30 days of discharge.
The partnership will bring together leaders from hospitals and state and federal governments to devise strategies to achieve these objectives.  The details of the partnership are still being worked out so stay tuned!

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