HHS invests $1 billion toward patient safety initiative

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

April 13, 2011

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Donald Berwick, MD, along with other leaders in the healthcare and patient safety field announced today that the government will invest up to $1 billion toward Partnership for Patients, a new initiative that aims to reduce hospital-acquired conditions (HAC) by 40% and hospital readmissions by 20% by 2013.

The funding would be made available under the Affordable Care Act. More than 500 hospitals, as well as physician and nurses groups, consumer groups, and employers have pledged commitment to the initiative. The CMS Innovation Center will help hospitals adapt evidence-based care to prevent HACs and test different methods of improving care.

“We will provide hospitals with incentives to improve the quality of health care, and provide real assistance to medical professionals and hospitals to support their efforts to reduce harm,” said Berwick in an HHS press release.