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Joint Commission Update for Infection Control
Joint Commission ready to partner up
TJC center to link with Partnership for Patients
The Joint Commission has pledged its full support for the recently formed Partnership for Patients, a public-private effort to make hospital care safer by reducing health care associated infections and other preventable adverse events.
The Joint Commission applauded the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' leadership in developing a multi-faceted framework for addressing critical safety and quality issues. The framework is unique because the federal government recognizes that hospitals need to be given assistance with innovative and customized tools in order to achieve effective and sustainable solutions to these difficult problems, TJC noted.
"We hope that The Joint Commission and its Center for Transforming Healthcare will play a vital role in the Partnership for Patients by identifying and testing solutions for preventing patient harm and improving the continuity and effectiveness of care, as well as providing technical assistance to health care organizations as they seek to implement these solutions," TJC said in a statement.
By the end of 2013, the Partnership for Patients aims to decrease preventable hospital-acquired conditions by 40% and reduce by 20% hospital readmissions caused by preventable complications during a transition from one care setting to another.
(For more information on the partnership go to: http://1.usa.gov/gj8iFV)