Partnership for Patients

The Partnership for Patients: Better Care, Lower Costs is a new public-private partnership that will help improve the quality, safety and affordability of healthcare for all Americans. Using as much as $1 billion in new funding provided by the Affordable Care Act and leveraging a number of ongoing programs, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will work with a wide variety of public and private partners to achieve the two core goals of this partnership: keeping patients from getting injured or sicker in the health care system and helping patients heal without complication by improving transitions from acute-care hospitals to other care settings, like home or a skilled nursing facility.

Beyond reducing harm caused in hospitals, the Partnership for Patients is an important test of what can occur when the nation acts as one to address a major national health problem. Onslow Memorial Hospital is a proud partner of the Partnership for Patients program. As a partner, we pledge to work to attain the goals of this initiative and commit to building on work already under way to achieve safe, high-quality care by utilizing tools and processes that improve safety for patients.

We pledge to:

  • Make achieving the goals of harm reduction and improved care transitions to reduce readmissions a priority of our Board of Directors, senior leaders, clinicians, and staff
  • Support clinicians and staff working for and with us and engage patients and families in order to make care safer, improve communication, and increase coordination by implementing proven systems and processes
  • Learn from and share with others our experiences with making care safer and more coordinated.

The two main goals of the partnership are to:

  1. Keep patients from getting injured or sicker. By the end of 2013, preventable hospital-acquired conditions would decrease by 40% 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.
  2. Help patients heal without complication. By the end of 2013, preventable complications during a transition from one care setting to another would be decreased such that all hospital readmissions would be reduced by 20% compared to 2010. Achieving this goal would mean more than 1.6 million patients will recover from illness without suffering a preventable complication requiring re-hospitalization within 30 days of discharge.

We are proud to have made the commitment to join the Partnership for Patients. To learn more, click here.

Information courtesy Partnership for Patients.