CMS gives $347 million to 16 organizations to counter HAIs, readmissions

Also awards $5 million to boost primary and specialist care transformation
By Bernie Monegain
04:12 PM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services awarded $347 million to 16 national, regional or state hospital associations, quality improvement organizations and health systems to continue efforts in reducing hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions in the Medicare program.

"We have made significant progress in keeping patients safe – an estimated 2.1 million fewer patients harmed, 87,000 lives saved, and nearly $20 billion in cost-savings from 2010 to 2014 – and we are focused on accelerating improvement efforts," Patrick Conway, MD, CMS acting principal deputy administrator and chief medical officer, said in a statement in announcing the funding.

[Also: CMS: Hospital readmission rates fell by 8 percent in 49 states, DC]

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The 16 organizations receiving contracts in the Hospital Improvement and Innovation Networks:

  • Carolinas Healthcare System
  • Dignity Health
  • Healthcare Association of New York State
  • HealthInsight
  • The Health Research and Educational Trust of the American Hospital Association
  • Health Research and Educational Trust of New Jersey
  • Health Services Advisory Group
  • The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania
  • Iowa Healthcare Collaborative
  • Michigan Health & Hospital Association Health Foundation
  • Minnesota Hospital Association
  • Ohio Children's Hospitals' Solutions for Patient Safety
  • Ohio Hospital Association
  • Premier, Inc.
  • Vizient, Inc.
  • Washington State Hospital Association

CMS officials also announced up to $5 million to two awardees over the next three years to leverage primary and specialist care transformation work and learning that will catalyze the adoption of alternative payment models on a large scale.

Initial awards went to: Virginia Cardiac Services Quality Initiative ($670,673) and American Psychological Association ($723,600).

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