Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) has advanced its mission to improve the quality, safety and affordability of healthcare for the patients it serves as a participant in the Partnership for Patients initiative.
Partnership for Patients, established by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) Innovation, offers support to physicians, nurses and other clinicians working in and out of hospitals. The goal is to keep patients from getting injured or sicker while in the hospital so they can heal without complications.
Specifically, participants focus on reducing preventable readmissions to hospitals by 20 percent and reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent by the end of 2013. In doing so, CMS estimates the partnership has the potential to, over the next three years to save 60,000 lives, reduce millions of preventable injuries and complications in patient care and save as much as $35 billion, including up to $10 billion in savings to Medicare.
“Every healthcare team in America wants to reduce errors and readmissions, save lives and curb excessive costs,” said Tim Feist, PRMC’s Vice President of Performance Improvement and Patient Safety Officer. “One of the best measuring sticks to compare how well an organization is advancing toward those goals is to gauge its performance against other similar institutions with the same goals.”
PRMC has joined with the Premier healthcare alliance to participate in the initiative. Premier, a health system owned performance improvement alliance of hospitals and other healthcare organizations, is the second largest of 26 Hospital Engagement Networks (HEN) approved by CMS to participate in the initiative. As a HEN, Premier is helping identify the solutions already working to reduce healthcare-acquired conditions, and spread them to other hospitals and healthcare providers.
Peninsula Regional was recently named a 2011 Top Performing Hospital in Premier’s QUEST® collaborative. In three years, 157 QUEST hospitals saved an estimated 24,820 lives and reduced healthcare spending by nearly $4.5 billion.
The Medical Center joins more than 540 hospitals nationwide in Premier’s HEN. In total, Partnership for Patients consists of more than 6,500 partners, including hospitals, physicians, nurses and patient advocates.