New Partnership Aims to Prevent Patient Injuries in Hospitals

The Partnership for Patients initiative is a combined effort of the Louisiana Hospital Association (LHA) and the Health and Human Services (HHS) to help prevent injuries and complications in patient care over the next three years. The federal government will invest up to $1 billion in the initiative, $500 million will come from HHS’s Care Transitions Program and up to $500 million more will come from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

The partnership hopes to accomplish two goals:

·         Prevent hospital injuries and prevent patients from getting sicker. The hope is that by the end of 2013, preventable hospital-acquired conditions will be down by 40 percent compared to 2010. This means about 1.8 million fewer patient injuries.

·         Help patients heal without preventable complications and reduce hospital readmissions by 20 percent compared to 2010. About 50 hospital teams in Louisiana are receiving education on ways to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions.

Louisiana hospitals also hope to improve efficiency in emergency rooms by reducing patient wait times, and decrease the number of patients who leave the hospital without receiving any treatment. State hospitals also want to reduce and eliminate bloodstream infections across the state.

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