Partnership for Patients

The Partnership for Patients: Better Care, Lower Costs a public-private partnership working to improve the quality, safety and affordability of health care 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) works 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 underway 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. Making Care Safer. Keep patients from getting injured or sicker. Decrease all- cause patient harm (to 97 Hospital-Acquired Conditions [HACs]/1,000 discharges) by 20% percent compared to the 2014 interim baseline (of 121 HACs/1,000 patient discharges)
  2. Improving Care Transitions. Help patients heal without complications. Decrease preventable complications during a transition from one care setting to another so that all 30 day hospital readmissions would be reduced by 12% as a population-based measure (readmissions per 1,000 people).

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

Information courtesy Partnership for Patients.