The National Priorities Partnership at a conference released six goals to improve healthcare and cut waste with an eye toward meeting most of these goals within three to five years.
We have a new administration and Congress in Washington, said Janet Corrigan, president and chief executive officer of the National Quality Forum, which convened the not-for-profit partnership, at a conference to release the report Aligning Our Efforts to Transform Americas Healthcare Goals. Its time to turn longstanding hope into real action, she said.
The plan is to work with everybody, Corrigan said, including Sens. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), both of whom chair key healthcare committees in the Senate and are in the process of crafting healthcare-reform legislation. Weve been getting inquiries from Republicans and Democrats in both the House and Senate.
The six goals should also be useful to President-elect Barack Obamas transition team, Corrigan added.
The partnership includes 28 groups that have agreed to collaborate on a core set of improvements. The six goals involve improvements in the areas of care coordination; overuse and reducing waste; patient safety and reducing errors; palliative and end-of-life care; patient and family engagement; and population health.
Richard Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association and one of the speakers at the conference, commended the report for providing a useful blueprint to the hospital industry to guide future efforts in improving care to patients. -- by Jennifer Lubell
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