The Partnership for Patients brings together leaders of major hospitals, employers, physicians, nurses, and patient advocates along with state and federal governments in a shared effort to make hospital care safer, more reliable, and less costly.
The two goals of this new partnership are:
Keeping patients from getting injured or sicker. Accidents happen, and too often patients in hospitals experience preventable harms. The initiative seeks to increase efforts to prevent harm to patients in hospitals. By the end of 2013, preventable hospital-acquired conditions would decrease by 40% compared to 2010.
Keeping patients from getting injured or sicker. Accidents happen, and too often patients in hospitals experience preventable harms. The initiative seeks to increase efforts to prevent harm to patients in hospitals. By the end of 2013, preventable hospital-acquired conditions would decrease by 40% compared to 2010.Helping patients heal without complication. Patients are often at their most vulnerable when leaving the hospital to continue healing at home, in an assisted living facility, or in another care setting. The initiative seeks to improve continuity and effectiveness of care during transitions from one care setting to another and decrease preventable hospital readmissions within 30 days of discharge. 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% compared to 2010.
Achieving these goals will save lives and prevent injuries to millions of Americans, and has the potential to save up to $35 billion dollars across the health care system, including up to $10 billion in Medicare savings, over the next three years. Over the next ten years, it could reduce costs to Medicare by about $50 billion and result in billions more in Medicaid savings. This will help put our nation on the path toward a more sustainable health care system.
As professionals who have dedicated our lives to caring for patients, families, and communities -- we support the goals of this Initiative and commit to building on work already underway to achieve safe, high quality care by utilizing tools and processes that seek to improve safety and continuity for patients. We pledge to:
Work to redesign activities across clinical settings to reduce harm, reduce preventable readmissions, and improve care transitions;
Engage with patients and families to implement practices that foster more patient-centered care that improves safety, communication, and care coordination; and
Learn from and share with others our experiences with making care safer and more coordinated.