Partnership for Patients initiative questioned by U.S. Senator

Partnership for Patients, the new HHS initiative aimed at decreasing preventable hospital-acquired conditions and decreasing hospital readmissions, is being questioned by some members of the senate, including Senator Michael B. Enzi of Wyoming, the top Republican on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, according to Thomson Reuters. 

The article states that Senator Enzi feels that The Partnership for Patients program is providing funds to encourage providers to do things they should already be doing for their patients. 

Partnership for patients is a $1 billion dollar initiative with the specific targets of reducing preventable injuries by 40% and cutting hospital readmissions by 20% by 2013.

 (Sources: http://healthcarescience.thomsonreuters.com, May 4, 2011; The Advisory Board Daily Briefing, http://advisory.com, May 6, 2011)