CMS is working with hospitals, physicians, nurses, consumers, and employers to reduce hospital-acquired conditions and improve care transitions from one setting to another.
Since a 1999 landmark study determined that some 98,000 patients die each year from preventable medical errors, public and private organizations have worked on understanding and addressing patient safety issues.
Partnership for Patients is investing up to $1 billion in public/private partnerships to encourage adoption of successful practices both in the hospital and during the transition to post-acute care. The program has two components:
- Educate providers on proven strategies in reducing preventable injuries and complications from healthcare-acquired conditions
- Reduce complications during transitions, especially for patients with multiple chronic conditions
Areas of focus include:
- Injuries from falls and immobility
- Adverse drug events
- Catheter-associated urinary tract infections
- Central line associated blood stream infections
- Obstetrical adverse events
- Pressure ulcers
- Surgical site infections
- Venous thromboembolism
- Ventilator-associated events
Some 8,000 organizations are participating, including more than 3,200 hospitals. In late 2015, the efforts of Partnership for Patients were cited as a contributing factor in the 17% decline in hospital-acquired conditions from 2010 to 2014.
This program reflects the commitment among payers to introduce proven strategies to reduce preventable errors and conditions.