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New Program Brings Health Care Stakeholders Together To Curb Hospital-Acquired Infections

Anthem Blue Cross of California recently announced that it would contribute $6 million toward a new initiative designed to boost patient safety and curb hospital-acquired infections.

The insurer will collaborate on the project with the state’s regional hospital associations and the National Health Foundation.

Officials say the project aims to reduce the incidence of central line infections, pre-term births and sepsis.

In a California Healthline Special Report by Deirdre Kennedy, stakeholders discussed the goals of the new patient safety project.

The Special Report includes comments from:

Gene Grigsby, president and CEO of the National Health Foundation; Mary Lopez, senior vice president with the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California; Leslie Margolin, president of Anthem Blue Cross of California; Jon Rosenberg, public health medical officer at California’s Department of Health; and Scott Seamons, spokesperson for the hospital council.

Southern California hospitals are expected to begin work on the project within the next two months, with the rest of the state joining up in late summer (Kennedy, California Healthline, 1/28).