APTA recently joined the Partnership for Patients: Better Care, Lower Costs, a new public-private initiative that aims to improve the quality, safety, and affordability of health care for all Americans. This new partnership brings together leaders of major health care organizations, hospitals, employers, providers, and patient advocates along with state and federal governments in a shared effort to make hospital care safer, more reliable, and less costly.
The 2 goals of the partnership are to reduce preventable hospital-acquired conditions by 40% and decrease preventable hospital readmissions by 20% by the end of 2013. In addition to saving lives and preventing injuries to millions of Americans, achieving these goals will help put the nation on the path toward a more sustainable health care system. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the partnership has the potential to save up to $35 billion dollars across the health care system, including up to $10 billion in Medicare savings, over the next 3 years. Over the next 10 years, it could reduce costs to Medicare by about $50 billion and result in billions more in Medicaid savings.
The Partnership Web site offers a variety of resources that can help providers, including physical therapists, begin to tackle some of the most common and preventable types of harm that affect patients in hospitals. Physical therapists are encouraged to visit the site's resources, particularly those related to pressure ulcers, falls, and transitions in care. The site also offers information on events and educational opportunities.
As a member of the partnership, APTA is assembling information on prevention and quality programs developed for physical therapy settings that are aimed at decreasing hospital-acquired conditions and improving transitions in care. If you have implemented a quality initiative in your clinic, APTA would like to hear from you. Send your contact information and a description of your program to PforPCampaign@apta.org.