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400 California Hospitals Join CMS-Led Initiative To Boost Patient Care

About 400 hospitals in California have agreed to participate in a federal initiative to improve patient care quality, the Long Beach Business Journal reports (Ablaza, Long Beach Business Journal, 1/23).

Initiative Details

CMS is operating the program, called "Partnership for Patients."

Participating hospitals will seek to meet two patient care benchmarks:

  • Reducing hospital-acquired conditions -- such as infections -- by 40% this year, compared with 2010 rates; and
  • Reducing preventable complications related to the transfer of patients from an acute care hospital to a skilled nursing facility or a similar facility by 20% this year, compared with 2010 rates.

CMS has allocated more than $200 million to help hospitals meet the benchmarks.

Implications for California

The benchmark for cutting hospital-acquired conditions could lead to 175,000 fewer incidents in California hospitals and could save about 5,500 lives, according to Payers & Providers.

The second benchmark could reduce hospital readmissions within 30 days of discharge by about 155,000.

C. Duane Dauner -- president of the California Hospital Association -- said, "The fact that hundreds of hospitals throughout the state have voluntarily embraced both the 'Partnership for Patients' initiative and a variety of other regional and statewide patient safety programs signifies the priority hospitals are placing on continuous quality improvement" (Payers & Providers, 1/24). This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.