Memo

Partnership for Patients Pledge
CHA urges California hospitals to pledge their commitment to new HHS initiative

CHA encourages all California hospitals to pledge their commitment to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Partnership for Patients initiative, a new public-private collaboration between the government, hospitals and other providers to help improve the quality, safety and affordability of health care for all Americans.

Many California hospitals and CHA have already signed the Partnership for Patients pledge to make the goals of harm reduction and improved care transitions top priorities for boards of directors, senior leaders, clinicians and staff. Hospitals also pledge to support clinicians and staff in these endeavors and to share their experiences. The two goals of the Partnership for Patients initiative are to:

  • Keep patients from getting injured or sicker. By the end of 2013, preventable hospital-acquired conditions would decrease by 40 percent compared to 2010. Achieving this goal would mean approximately 1.8 million fewer injuries to patients with more than 60,000 lives saved over three years.
  • Help patients heal without complications. By the end of 2013, preventable complications during a transition from one care setting to another would decrease so all hospital readmissions would be reduced by 30 percent compared to 2010. Achieving this goal would mean more than 1.6 million patients would recover from illness without suffering a preventable complication requiring re-hospitalization within 30 days of discharge.

California hospitals are already focusing on various patient-safety and quality initiatives, including preventing pressure ulcers, childbirth complications, hospital-acquired infections and other adverse events through the Patient Safety First initiative and other collaboratives. Hospitals across the state have demonstrated dramatic decreases in harm rates. As a result, hospitals are safer and more transparent than ever before. But we have more to do.

Partnership for Patients will build on the numerous steps hospitals have already taken to develop a culture of safety within their organizations. Progress can be made when parties work together. This partnership offers that opportunity.

For more information or to pledge to participate in Partnership for Patients, go to http://partnershippledge.healthcare.gov.

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