“But what really sets this partnership apart from previous efforts is how eager they were to join,” Sebelius said in a speech at the Institute of Medicine. “There was no negotiating or arm twisting. When we reached out, the typical response was: ‘Where do I sign up?’”
The partnership's two main goals, according to HHS, are to lower the number of preventable hospital-acquired conditions by 40% and reduce preventable complications that occur during care transitions by 20% by the end of 2013, compared with 2010.
The challenge of improving patients safety at hospitals was highlighted by the findings of an April 7 study in Health Affairs that said up to one-third of hospital patients experience injury or illness separate from the condition for which they initially were admitted.
“If we are going to bring excellence to scale in our health care system, we’ll need all of these partners to play a part,” Sebelius said about various providers eligible for the patient safety funding.