Critics of Partnership for Patients program question validity of outcomes

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

November 5, 2014

When the Partnership for Patients (PfP) program was announced in April 2011, it was billed by CMS Administrator Don Berwick as "the largest national effort on patient safety that we've ever seen." With a $1 billion price tag, paid for by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Affordable Care Act, the public-private initiative seemed poised to meet those expectations.

In the release announcing the program, CMS claimed that the PfP could potentially reduce costs by $50 billion over the next 10 years and set lofty goals to realize those savings. Most notably, the initiative pledged to reduce preventable healthcare-associated conditions (HAC) by 40% by the end of 2013 compared to a 2010 baseline and reduce hospital readmissions by 20% within the same time frame. Recent reports have extended that deadline to the end of 2014.

This is an excerpt from an article in Patient Safety Monitor Journal.

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