AOA backs health care error prevention effort

February 7, 2012

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) last month announced that hospitals across the country will have new resources and support to make health care safer and less costly by targeting and reducing the millions of preventable injuries and complications from health care-acquired conditions. 

As part of the Partnership for Patients initiative, a nationwide public-private collaboration to improve the quality, safety, and affordability of the health care system for all Americans, $218 million was awarded to 26 state, regional, national, or hospital system organizations to become Hospital Engagement Networks. 

As Hospital Engagement Networks, these organizations will help identify solutions already working to reduce health care-acquired conditions, and work to share them with other hospitals and health care providers.

The AOA is a Partnership for Patients member. 

Hospital Engagement Networks will work to develop learning collaboratives for hospitals and provide a wide array of initiatives and activities to improve patient safety. 

They will be required to conduct intensive training programs to teach and support hospitals in making patient care safer, provide technical assistance to hospitals so that hospitals can achieve quality measurement goals, and establish and implement a system to track and monitor hospital progress in meeting quality improvement goals.

Additional information on the Partnership for Patients and participating hospitals can be accessed at www.healthcare.gov/partnershipforpatients.

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