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CMS Quality Programs Make More Progress

On June 5, CMS announced further declines in hospital-acquired conditions (HACs), including 8,000 lives and $2.9 billion in costs saved. CMS has spearheaded new initiatives in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). Many of these initiatives, including the Hospital Innovation and Improvement Networks (HIINs), are now part of the Division of Clinical Standards and Quality, Quality Improvement and Innovation Group. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) provides the federal dashboard used to measure the Partnership for Patients programming. The AHRQ National Scorecard on Hospital-Acquired Conditions estimates that 350,000 HACs were avoided and the overall rate was reduced by 8% from 2014 to 2016. Federal experts note that the recent gains in safety among hospital patients echoed earlier Partnership for Patients successes, including 2.1 million HACs avoided between 2010 and 2014.

“Those results show that this is a tremendous accomplishment by America’s hospitals in delivering high-quality, affordable healthcare,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “CMS is committed to moving the healthcare system to one that improves quality and fosters innovation while reducing administrative burden and lowering costs. This work could not be accomplished without the concerted effort of our many hospital, patient, provider, private, and federal partners—all working together to ensure the best possible care by protecting patients from harm and making care safer.” Improvements were seen in almost all areas with the exception of rising pressure injury rates.

CMS is reorganizing its bidding and contract approach to ensure that this and other quality improvement programs will continue to provide support and assistance on this journey to eliminate preventable harm. HANYS is proud of the progress New York’s hospitals and health systems have made and their contributions to this major national decrease through the New York State Partnership for Patients and other work. Contact: Nancy Landor

Published June 8, 2018