Partnership for Patients

Partnership for Patients logoOverview

Launched in April 2011, the Partnership for Patients is a nationwide public-private partnership that offers support to physicians, nurses and other clinicians working in and out of hospitals to make patient care safer and to support effective transitions of patients from hospitals to other settings. The Community-based Care Transitions Program tests models for improving care transitions in order to reduce hospital readmissions.


The Community-based Care Transitions Program (CCTP)

Created by Section 3026 of the Affordable Care Act, the CCTP tests models for improving care transitions from the hospital to other settings and reducing readmissions for high-risk Medicare beneficiaries. Community-based organizations will use care transition services to effectively manage Medicare patients' transitions and improve their quality of care. Up to $500 million in total funding is available for 2011 through 2015. Learn more about CCTP.


The 26 Hospital Engagement Network Organizations

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 healthcare acquired conditions. $218 million was awarded to 26 State, regional, national, or hospital system organizations to be Hospital Engagement Networks. As Hospital Engagement Networks, these organizations will help identify solutions already working to reduce healthcare acquired conditions, and work to spread them to other hospitals and health care providers.

  • American Hospital Association (AHA)
  • Ascension Health
  • Carolinas HealthCare System
  • Catholic Healthcare West (CHW)
  • Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation (DFWHC)
  • Georgia Hospital Association Research and Education Foundation
  • Healthcare Association of New York State
  • Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania
  • Intermountain Healthcare
  • Iowa Healthcare Collaborative
  • Joint Commission Resources, Inc.
  • Lifepoint Hospitals, Inc.
  • Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA)
  • Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA)
  • National Public Health and Hospital Institute (NPHHI)
  • New Jersey Hospital Association(NJHA)
  • Nevada Hospital Association (NHA)
  • North Carolina Hospital Association (NCHA)
  • Ohio Children’s Hospital Solutions for Patient Safety
  • Ohio Hospital Association
  • Premier
  • Tennessee Hospital Association
  • Texas Center for Quality & Patient Safety
  • UHC
  • VHA
  • Washington State Hospital Association(WSHA)

In addition to the Hospital Engagement Networks, $10 million has been awarded to three organizations to create a curriculum in patient safety, engage Medicare, Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program beneficiaries, their families and caregivers and others in specific activities supporting the aims of the Partnership for Patients, and evaluate the impact and effectiveness of the Partnership for Patients. These firms will serve as National Content Developer Contractor, the Beneficiary and Medical Professional Engagement Contractor, and the Evaluation Contractor. 


Initiative Details: Two Concrete and Measurable Goals

The Partnership is an important part of the Center's work to improve the quality of care available to CMS beneficiaries. Thousands of providers across the country have already joined the partnership. The two goals of this new partnership are to:

  • Keep patients from getting injured or sicker. By the end of 2013, preventable hospital-acquired conditions would decrease by 40% compared to 2010.
  • Help patients heal without complication. By the end of 2013, preventable complications during a transition from one care setting to another would be decreased so that all hospital readmissions would be reduced by 20% compared to 2010.

Achieving the Partnership’s two goals has the potential to both save lives and costs for CMS programs. The combined efforts of this partnership have the potential to save 60,000 American lives and reduce millions of preventable injuries and complications in patient care over the next three years and has the potential to save as much as $35 billion, including up to $10 billion in Medicare savings.

Many stakeholders have already joined the Partnership for Patients in a shared effort to save thousands of lives, stop millions of injuries, and take important steps toward a more dependable and affordable health care system. Learn how you can join the Partnership for Patients.


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