The CMS Center for Innovation today announced that the Washington State Hospital Association was one of 26 hospital groups in the country to share in an awarded $218 million to create “Hospital Engagement Networks.”

Citing the “the Partnership for Patients initiative, a nationwide public-private collaboration to improve the quality, safety, and affordability of the healthcare system for all Americans,” CMS says the “Hospital Engagement Networks” will:

“Hospital Engagement Networks will work to develop learning collaboratives for hospitals and provide a wide array of initiatives and activities to improve patient safety.  They will be required to conduct intensive training programs to teach and support hospitals in making patient care safer, provide technical assistance to hospitals so that hospitals can achieve quality measurement goals, and establish and implement a system to track and monitor hospital progress in meeting quality improvement goals.”

So, how will these generally vague characteristics be helpful in improving care?  CMS says look at where the baseline is.

“Currently, about one in every 20 patients acquires an infection in the hospital, and an average of one in seven Medicare beneficiaries is harmed in the course of their hospital care.  In addition, nearly one in five Medicare patients discharged from the hospital is readmitted within 30 days, translating into approximately 2.6 million seniors and people with disabilities.   CMS estimates that this initiative could save Medicare $50 billion over the next 10 years.”

There is some upside there.


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