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May 2, 2011

Hospital Purchasing Programme to Improve US Patient Care

The US Department of Health and Human Services will implement a new initiative to improve the quality of care hospitals provide and help reduce healthcare costs. The Partnership for Patients initiative has the potential to save 60,000 lives and save up to $35bn in healthcare costs in th

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The US Department of Health and Human Services will implement a new initiative to improve the quality of care hospitals provide and help reduce healthcare costs.

The Partnership for Patients initiative has the potential to save 60,000 lives and save up to $35bn in healthcare costs in three years, including up to $10bn for Medicare.

Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, said that changing the way hospitals are paid will improve the quality of care for senior citizens.

“Under this initiative, Medicare will reward hospitals that provide high-quality care and keep their patients healthy,” she said.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services also plans to add additional measures that focus on improved patient outcomes and prevention of hospital-acquired conditions, besides investing up to $1bn to help drive the changes.

The hospital value-based purchasing initiative is part of an effort by the Obama Administration to improve the quality of health care for all Americans, using new tools provided by the Affordable Care Act.

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