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Capitol Health Call
June 8, 2011

Quality Improvement

JAMA. 2011;305(22):2280. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.775

Testimony before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on May 5 described new initiatives launched by the Obama administration to improve health care quality and patient safety.

Such efforts include 2 new initiatives, the National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care, which aims to improve care and the health of communities and reduce costs for patients and payers, and the Partnership With Patients, which seeks to prevent patients from being harmed while in the hospital and to reduce the number of preventable rehospitalizations. Carolyn M. Clancy, MD, director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, said that up to $35 billion could be saved over 3 years if the Partnership for Patients achieved its goals of reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions by 40% and readmissions by 20%.

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