|For Immediate Release:||Wednesday, June 22, 2011|
|Contact:||CMS Office of Public Affairs
UP TO $500 MILLION IN AFFORDABLE CARE ACT FUNDING WILL HELP HEALTH PROVIDERS IMPROVE CARE
Partnership for Patients Announces Federal Contracting Opportunities
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that up to $500 million in Partnership for Patients funding will be available to help hospitals, health care provider organizations and others improve care and stop millions of preventable injuries and complications. This funding, made available by the Affordable Care Act, will be awarded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center through this solicitation and other procurements for federal contracts.
"Since the Partnership for Patients was announced, we have had an overwhelming response from hospitals, doctors, employers, and other partners who want to be a part of this historic effort to improve patient safety," said CMS Administrator Donald M. Berwick, M.D. "We are now looking to contract with local and statewide entities that can foster and support hospitals' efforts to improve health care and reduce harm to patients."
The Partnership for Patients is a new public-private partnership that will help improve the quality, safety, and affordability of health care for all Americans. The Partnership's two goals are reducing harm in hospital settings by 40% and reducing hospital readmissions by 20% over a 3-year period. To achieve these goals, the Partnership is seeking to contract with large health care systems, associations, state organizations, or other interested parties to support hospitals in the hard work of redesigning care processes to reduce harm. "Hospital Engagement Contractors" will be asked to:
o Design intensive programs to teach and support hospitals in making care safer;
o Conduct trainings for hospitals and care providers;
o Provide technical assistance for hospitals and care providers; and
o Establish and implement a system to track and monitor hospital progress in meeting quality improvement goals.
In addition to the Hospital Engagement Contractors, CMS will also be working with other contractors to develop and share ideas and practices that improve patient safety and work with patients and families to get their input on how to best improve patient safety and improve transitions between different health care settings - such as when a patient is discharged from a hospital to a nursing homes.
These contracts make available the first round of funding - which will ultimately total up to $500 million - that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation has committed to this effort. Solicitations for proposals are available on the Federal Business Opportunities website at: www.fbo.gov.
When the Partnership for Patients was announced, the Obama Administration committed up to $1 billion in Affordable Care Act funding to help achieve the two goals. At the time of the announcement, up to $500 million was made available through the Community-based Care Transitions Program to ensure patients safely transition between settings of care (access the solicitation). Today's announcement makes available the start of $500 million additional Innovation Center funds to help reduce health care acquired conditions and reduce unnecessary readmissions.
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