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CMS Awards $347 Million to Advance Safer Health Care

Thursday, October 6, 2016   (0 Comments)
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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)
  • Clostridium difficile infection (including antibiotic stewardship)
  • Injury from falls and immobility
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Sepsis and septic shock
  • Surgical site infections (for multiple classes of surgeries)
  • Venous thromboembolism (at a minimum in all surgical settings)
  • Ventilator-associated events
  • Readmissions
The announcement reports that the 16 organizations receiving contracts in the Hospital Improvement and Innovation Networks are: 
  • Carolinas Healthcare System
  • Dignity Health
  • Healthcare Association of New York State
  • HealthInsight
  • The Health Research and Educational Trust of the American Hospital Association
  • Health Research and Educational Trust of New Jersey
  • Health Services Advisory Group
  • The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania
  • Iowa Healthcare Collaborative
  • Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) Health Foundation
  • Minnesota Hospital Association
  • Ohio Children’s Hospitals’ Solutions for Patient Safety
  • Ohio Hospital Association
  • Premier, Inc.
  • Vizient, Inc.
  • Washington State Hospital Association

Carolinas Healthcare System Pineville is a member of the National Patient Safety Foundation's Stand Up for Patient Safety program.


Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

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