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J Patient Saf. 2014 Sep;10(3):125-32. doi: 10.1097/PTS.0000000000000071.

An overview of measurement activities in the partnership for patients.

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From the *Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Baltimore; †Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, Maryland; and ‡Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia.


The Partnership for Patients, launched in April 2011, is a national quality improvement initiative from the Department of Health and Human Services that has set ambitious goals for U.S. providers to improve patient safety and care transitions. This paper outlines the initiative's measurement strategy, describing four measurement-related objectives: (1) to track national progress toward the program goals that U.S. hospitals reduce preventable adverse events by 40% and readmissions by 20%; (2) to support local quality improvement measurement in participating hospitals by providing the appropriate tools, training, and programmatic structure; (3) to obtain feedback on hospital and contractor progress, in close to real time, so the project can be effectively managed; and (4) to evaluate the program's impact on adverse event and readmission rates.

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