Opinion: National Effort Will Save Lives, Cut Medical Costs
"The United States has the world's most skilled doctors and nurses and its finest hospitals," but too many avoidable medical errors exist, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and David Cote -- CEO of Honeywell International -- write in a Philadelphia Inquirer opinion piece. "That's why the Obama administration," employers and health care organizations have launched the Partnership for Patients, which seeks to "reduce preventable injuries in hospitals by 40%" and "cut readmissions by 20%" in the next three years, Sebelius and Cote write. They continue, "Achieving these goals would save 60,000 lives â¦ and save $50 billion over 10 years from Medicare costs alone."
- "Taking On Medical Mistakes" (Sebelius/Cote, Philadelphia Inquirer, 4/25).