Hospitals will focus on nine types of medical errors and complications where the potential for reductions in harm rates has already been demonstrated by other hospitals and systems. These areas include adverse drug reactions, pressure ulcers, childbirth complications and surgical site infections.
CMS will help hospitals adopt evidence-based care improvements to target preventable patient injuries. Members of the partnership will identify specific steps they will take to reduce preventable injuries and complications in patient care. CMS chief Donald Berwick, MD, said efforts will include an organized method of sharing information on best practices on a national level.
Sebelius and Berwick each noted that incentives to participate in the program will include a payment system that rewards best care.