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S.C. organizations start improvement initiative

By Maureen McKinney
Posted: March 16, 2011 - 12:45 pm ET

A trio of large healthcare stakeholders has joined forces to create the South Carolina Partnership for Health, a collaborative initiative created to improve care for the state's residents.

In a joint news release, insurer Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina; Health Sciences South Carolina, a research collaborative; and the South Carolina Hospital Association announced the launch of the new statewide project.

The partnership will follow the framework of the Triple Aim, a strategy developed by the Cambridge, Mass.-based Institute for Healthcare Improvement to improve population health, enhance patients' experience of care and cut costs.

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Maureen Bisognano, IHI's president and CEO, spoke about the newly formed partnership during a speech at the South Carolina Patient Safety Symposium. “For academic leaders, insurers and healthcare providers to come together statewide in South Carolina to tackle the Triple Aim, using a community collaborative approach, is a first in the nation,” Bisognano said.

The group's first task will be to pilot-test solutions to reduce preventable readmissions for conditions such as heart failure and pneumonia, according to the release. Future projects may address healthcare-associated infections and evidence-based care for chronic conditions.

“Rather than pursuing these objectives in isolation, our organizations will work together within the South Carolina Partnership for Health to focus on mutual priorities to improve the health of the citizens of our state,” Jim Deyling Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina president, said in the release.

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