Adventist Health System joins Partnership for Patients

By Diana Manos
10:21 AM

Officials of the Adventist Health System, with campuses across the country, have announced the organization will participate in Partnership for Patients, a federal program that uses data and health IT to improve patient care.

Nearly 40 Adventist Health System hospitals across several states have chosen to participate in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) Partnership for Patients program with Premier, a nationwide healthcare performance improvement alliance. Premier officials say Premier is the second largest of 26 hospital networks approved by CMS for the program, with 540 hospitals participating.

Partnership for Patients will help identify the solutions already working to reduce hospital-acquired conditions (HACs), and share them with providers across the nation. It offers support to physicians, nurses and other clinicians working to keep patients from getting injured or acquiring infections while in the hospital so they can heal without complications.

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Specifically, hospitals focus on reducing preventable harm, including preventable readmissions, by 20 percent and preventable HACs by 40 percent by the end of 2013. In doing so, CMS estimates that over the next three years, the partnership has the potential 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. 

The nearly 40 Adventist Health System hospitals have also joined Premier’s QUEST high performing hospitals collaborative, officials said. In QUEST’s first three years, 157 hospitals saved 24,820 lives and reduced healthcare spending by almost $4.5 billion, according to Premier.

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The more than 300 hospitals in QUEST are working together to make data-driven, evidence-based decisions in care delivery. The goal is to improve the patient experience and avoid harm while reducing mortality, cost of care and readmissions, Premier officials said.

"Both QUEST and the Partnership for Patients offer significant value and improvement strategies that align with national priorities, federal policies and future reimbursement, which increasingly will tie payment to performance,” said Adventist Health System President and CEO Donald L. Jernigan.

Loran Hauck, MD, chief medical officer of Adventist Health System, added, “Our participation in these programs shows our commitment to providing a safer, more effective care delivery system, and aligns with our focus on continuously improving patient outcomes.”

“The Premier alliance has long been instituting unique innovations to identify solutions in areas such as harm avoidance,” said Senior Vice President of Premier Performance Partners Wes Champion. “Collaboration is a powerful step for providers to truly challenge their performance and implement change that improves their way to better outcomes and ultimately a healthier community.”

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