Over 2,000 hospitals join Partnership for Patient Safety Initiative

Nearly 4,500 organizations, including over 2,000 hospitals, have pledged their support for the Partnership for Patients, the Obama Administration’s new nationwide patient safety initiative, according to a press release by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  

The release states that the Partnership for Patients aims to reduce preventable harm in hospitals by 40 percent in the next three years, which includes a reduction in in-hospital medication errors, central-line associated bloodstream infections, falls and other injuries.  The Partnership also seeks to reduce 30-day hospital readmissions by 20 percent over the next three years.  

CMS estimates that the Partnership for Patients has the potential to save up to $35 billion in health care costs, including up to $10 billion for Medicare.   

(Sources: The Advisory Board Daily Briefing, http://advisory.com, July 11, 2011; Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, http://www.cms.gov, July 8, 2011)