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HHS Commits $500 million of Funding to Increase Patient Safety

by Greg Marcum, JD, PE on April 13th, 2011

On April 12, 2011, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, announced the Partnership for Patients as a new national partnership intended to save 60,000 lives and $35 billion in costs by stopping millions of preventable injuries and complications in patient care over the next three years.

The idea behind the Partnership is to initially focus on nine types of medical errors and complications where dramatic reductions in harm rates can be achieved by reducing preventable injuries and complications in patient care.  Examples include preventing adverse drug reactions, pressure ulcers, childbirth complications and surgical site infections.

HHS has committed $500 million to community-based organizations partnering with eligible hospitals to help patients safely transition between settings of care.  Community-based organizations and acute care hospitals partnering with community-based organizations could begin submitting applications for this funding on Tuesday, April 12.  Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.  Awards will be made on an ongoing basis as funding permits.

As a second step, the CMS Innovation Center announced plans to spend up to $500 million in additional funding to test different models of improving patient care, patient engagement, and collaboration in order to reduce hospital-acquired conditions and improve care transitions nationwide.

These initiatives follow last month’s announcement by HHS of new rules to help doctors, hospitals, and other providers better coordinate care for Medicare patients through Accountable Care Organizations.  By 2015, a portion of Medicare payments to the majority of hospitals will be linked to whether hospitals are delivering safer care, using information technology effectively and meeting patient needs.

The HHS News Release is available at:

Information on funding applications is available at:

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