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100 Ky. hospitals sign on for safety program

By Beth Kutscher
Posted: May 14, 2012 - 2:15 pm ET

(This story has been updated with a correction.)

The Kentucky Hospital Association said it has reached nearly an 80% participation rate in a nationwide program to reduce adverse events and readmissions.

A total of 100 hospitals in the state have signed on to the Partnership for Patients campaign, according to a news release (PDF). According to a CMS spokeswoman, more than 4,000 hospitals in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are are participating in the initiative, which HHS launched in April 2011.

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Over the course of the two-year program, participating hospitals aim to reduce preventable readmissions within 30 days of discharge by 20% and hospital acquired conditions by 40% (compared with 2010).

The hospital engagement networks will address improvements in 10 areas, including adverse drug events, hospital acquired infections, injuries, obstetrical adverse events and readmissions.

“Out of the hospital associations involved, Kentucky has one of the highest participation rates with 100 of the state's 131 hospitals signed up,” Michael Rust, president of the Kentucky Hospital Association, said in the news release. “Our state's participation in the hospital engagement network is the latest example of our ongoing effort to make care safer for our patients.”

The CMS Innovation Center, established under the health reform law, expects to award a total of $500 million to hospital engagement networks around the country.

Another $500 million was already awarded as part of the Community-based Care Transitions Program, another piece of the $1 billion Partnership for Patients campaign that focuses on reducing readmissions and improving transitions between hospitals and other care settings.

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