Crouse Hospital has joined a national initiative of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) called Partnership for Patients to encourage and support hospitals across the U.S. to reduce hospital-acquired conditions by 40%, reduce hospital readmissions by 20%, and save $35 billion in healthcare costs nationally over the next three years.
Crouse will work with a consortium of 170 other hospitals across New York State that is being co-facilitated by the Hospital Association of New York State (HANYS) and the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA). In this consortium, hospitals will work collaboratively with HANYS/GNYHA to address the 11 focus areas defined by CMS. The focus areas include: adverse drug events; catheter-associated urinary tract infections; central line-associated bloodstream infections; injuries from falls and immobility and adverse obstetrical events, among others.
Partnership for Patients is just in the beginning stages and is expected to last up to three years, says Crouse Director of Quality Improvement Jennifer Watkins. “This initiative supports Crouse’s ongoing commitment to improving the quality of care we provide as well as the overall patient experience.”