Patient deaths from hospital-acquired conditions
reduced by 50,000
Medicare blog points to success of Affordable Care
Act, Medicare’s stress on better care, HHS Partnership
By Patrick Conway, Deputy
Administrator for Innovation and Quality and CMS Chief Medical Officer
(originally published February 11)
19, 2015 - Recently, a Department of Health and Human Services
report showed that an estimated 50,000 fewer patients died in
hospitals and approximately $12 billion in health care costs were saved
as a result of a reduction in hospital-acquired conditions from 2010 to
This progress toward a safer health
care system occurred during a period of concerted attention by hospitals
throughout the country to reduce adverse events.
These efforts were also due in part
to provisions of the Affordable Care Act such as Medicare payment
incentives to improve the quality of care and the HHS Partnership for
Patients initiative. The Partnership for Patients, an initiative growing
out of the Affordable Care Act, is a nation-wide public-private
collaboration that began in April 2011 with two main goals: reduce
preventable hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and 30-day
readmissions by 20 percent.
Since the Partnership for Patients
was launched, the vast majority of U.S. hospitals and many other
stakeholders have joined the collaborative effort and delivered results.
Nationally, we are improving patient safety, resulting in 1.3 million
adverse events and infections avoided in hospitals since 2010. This
translates to a 17 percent decline in hospital-acquired conditions over
the three-year period.
We are committed to making even
greater progress keeping people as safe and healthy as possible. That is
why we are launching a second round of Hospital Engagement Network
contracts to continue reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions
The Hospital Engagement Network
funding will be available to award contracts to national, regional or
state hospital associations, large health care organizations that hold
corporate ownership and operational control of a group of hospitals that
consist of at least 25 hospitals, or national affinity organizations
that will support hospitals in the efforts to reduce preventable
hospital acquired conditions and readmissions.
The Partnership for Patients and
the Hospital Engagement Networks are one part of an overall effort to
deliver better care, spend dollars more wisely, and improve health
through the Affordable Care Act. Initiatives like the Partnership for
Patients, Accountable Care Organizations, Quality Improvement
Organizations, and others have helped reduce hospital readmissions in
Medicare by nearly 8 percent between January 2012 and December 2013 –
translating into 150,000 fewer readmissions – in addition to quality
improvements mentioned above.
And last month, HHS
announced a goal of tying 30 percent of traditional, or
fee-for-service, Medicare payments to quality or value through
alternative payment models, such as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)
or bundled payment arrangements by the end of 2016, and tying 50 percent
of payments to these models by the end of 2018.
More information about the Hospital
Engagement Network solicitation may be found at
CMS encourages competition from all
qualified entities that will help continue to build on the successes we
have made so far.
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