On April 12, 2011, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced its intentions to form a public-private partnership with stakeholders such as patient advocates, healthcare providers and leaders at major hospitals. Called Partnership for Patients, this national initiative was created to improve quality and safety in health care, while also substantially reducing health care costs. HHS estimated that the partnership could save up to $35 billion in health care costs. Under the authority of the Affordable Care Act, HHS will invest $1 billion dollars towards this endeavor.
The two main goals will be to assist hospital patients by (1) preventing injury and further illness and (2) eliminating or mitigating complications that would adversely affect patient recovery. To learn more about the Partnership for Patients, please visit HealthCare.gov.