CMMI offering funds for safety improvements

Based on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's (IHI) model, the Partnership for Patients is a recently announced, public-private partnership aimed at reducing injuries and complications by 40% and hospital readmissions by 20% over three years.

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) seeks to contract with large health systems, statewide associations, and other entities to support hospitals efforts to achieve the goals of the Partnership for Patients: improving the quality of care and patient safety while lowering costs.

Providers seeking to become "patient safety hospital engagement contractors" will be required to design intensive programs to teach and support hospitals in making care safer, conduct training for hospitals and care providers, provide technical assistance for hospitals and care providers, and establish and implement a system to track and monitor hospital progress in meeting quality improvement goals

The Hospital Engagement Campaign funding is the first round of $500 million made available by CMMI under the Partnership for Patients. More information and application materials for the Hospital Engagement Campaign solicitation are available online at http://tinyurl.com/3by6fgb.