The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has recently announced that it will award $347 million to make progress towards a safer health care system. The funding will benefit 16 organizations through Hospital Improvement and Innovation Networks contracts, which will provide a continuation of the Partnership for Patients initiative launched in 2011 with the goal of reducing hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions in the Medicare program.
The Hospital Improvement and Innovation Networks has a new goal through 2019 to achieve a 20% decrease in overall patient harm. The organizations will be required to address a diverse number of topics, according to a recent press release from the CMS. These will include:
Adverse drug events (to focus on at least the following three medication categories: opioids, anticoagulants, and hypoglycemic agents)
Central line-associated blood stream infections (in all hospital settings)
Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (in all hospital settings)