In 1999, the Institute of Medicine released the results of a study which found that as many as 98,000 Americans die from preventable medical errors. Over a decade later, this trend continues, and more patients are being injured or becoming sicker from complications after being admitted to a hospital.
- About one in every 20 patients has an infection related to their hospital care.
- An average of one in seven Medicare beneficiaries is harmed in the course of their care, costing the government an estimated $4.4 billion every year.
- Nearly one in five Medicare patients discharged from the hospital is readmitted within 30 days—that’s 2.6 billion seniors at a cost of $26 billion every year.
Doctors, nurses and other health care providers in America already work very hard to deliver the best possible care to their patients. But unfortunately, these problems continue to persist. That’s why today, leaders in the health care field are combining their efforts to make a difference with a program called Partnership for Patients.
Partnership for Patients is an initiative aimed at providing better health care to patients at lower costs. The effort seeks to bring together leaders of major hospitals, employers, physicians, nurses and patient advocates along with state and federal governments to make hospital care safer, more reliable and less costly.
The goals of the partnership are simple:
- Prevent patients from being injured or becoming more ill by decreasing hospital-acquired conditions by 40% by the end of 2013, resulting in 1.8 million fewer injuries to patients and 60,000 lives saved.
- Help patents heal without complication by reducing preventable complications that occur during transfers from one care setting to another by 20% by the end of 2013. This means more than 1.6 million patients would recover from illness without suffering from a preventable complication requiring hospitalization within 30 days of discharge.
Achieving these goals will save lives, help keep Americans healthy, and save approximately $35 billion dollars across the health care system, including up to $10 billion in Medicare savings over the next three years. Over the next ten years, it could reduce costs to Medicare by about $50 billion and result in billions more in Medicaid savings.
St.Vincent Heart Center of Indiana is thrilled to be part of Partnership for Patients. With this partnership, we can strengthen our focus on personalized and affordable care for each one of our patients, with the attention to detail that enables us to continue providing the Best Heart Care in Indiana. Period.