Thirteen hospitals and research institutes will share nearly $4 million in new federal grants to fund patient safety initiatives, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality said Monday.
The HHS agency will fund up to 50% of the total cost of the projects under what are known as "challenge" grants, since recipients must come up with at least half of the money from other sources.
"We see these challenge grants as an exciting opportunity to provide hospitals the resources to identify and confront the causes of medical errors," said AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy, M.D., says in a written statement. "The findings of this research will help us reach our ultimate goal of ensuring that Americans receive high-quality, safe healthcare."
AHRQ says that some grantees are going far beyond the minimum. For example, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, which won a $454,590 grant, is counting on up to $10 million from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan in the form of incentive payments to Michigan hospitals for a Hopkins-run quality improvement program, according to AHRQ.
Hopkins is one of seven institutions to receive grants to implement programs. Others include: Sacred Heart Medical Center Foundation, Eugene, Ore.; the University of Missouri, Columbia; Kaiser Foundation Research Institute, Oakland, Calif.; the University of Iowa, Iowa City; Cincinnati Foundation for Biomedical Research and Education; and the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Six other recipients will focus on risk assessment programs, AHRQ says. These grantees are: Boston Medical Center; St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, Tenn.; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston; the Veterans Medical Research Foundation, San Diego; the Oregon Department of Human Services, Portland; and the University of Chicago.