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CMS Awards Funding for New Patient Safety Initiatives to 16 Health Care Organizations

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Last week, CMS announced it has awarded $347 million to 16 health care organizations as part of an effort to improve patient safety by reducing hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) and readmissions.  The organizations encompass hospital associations, quality improvement organizations, and health systems, writes Advisory.com. The funding will support about 4,000 hospitals for up to three years.  CMS said the organizations will serve as Hospital Improvement and Innovation Networks (HIINs). Under the program, HIINs by 2019 will aim to reduce the rates of:

  • 30-day readmissions as a population-based measure by 12 percent; and
  • HACs by 20 percent, from a 2014 baseline of 121 HACs per 1,000 patient discharges to 97 HACs per 1,000 discharges.

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