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Medical News & Perspectives
May 11, 2011

Stakeholders Join Forces in Attempt to Improve Safety, Reduce Health Care Costs

JAMA. 2011;305(18):1849. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.599

The Obama Administration has launched a new campaign aimed at saving tens of thousands of lives and up to $35 billion over 3 years by creating a national partnership to improve the quality and safety of US health care. More than 500 hospitals, along with physician and nursing groups, employers, and consumer advocacy organizations, have agreed to participate in the new program.

Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services, said the administration will dedicate up to $1 billion in new funds from the Affordable Care Act for the initiative, called the Partnership for Patients: Better Care, Lower Costs (http://tinyurl.com/3oake65). In addition, Sebelius said physicians and hospitals will receive “an unprecedented range” of information on what other health care professionals are doing to improve patient safety.