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About the Partnership

Achieving the goals of the Partnership for Patients takes the combined effort of stakeholders across the health care system. The Partnership for Patients partners with three operational partners which include federal agencies, HIINs , and private-public partners.

Partnership for Patients Pledgers

More than 8,000 partners, including hospitals participating in the Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks, have pledged to join this Partnership in a shared effort to save thousands of lives, prevent millions of injuries and take important steps toward a more dependable and affordable health care system. They include:

  • Hospitals and national organizations representing physicians, nurses and other frontline health care and social services providers committed to improving their care processes and systems, and enhancing communication and coordination to reduce complication for patients.
  • Patient and consumer organizations committed to raising public awareness and developing information, tools and resources to help patients and families effectively engage with their providers and avoid preventable complications.
  • Employers and States committed to providing the incentives and support that will enable clinicians and hospitals to deliver high-quality health care to their patients, with minimal burdens.

See who has signed the pledge.

Federal Agencies

The Partnership for Patients initiative involve collaborates with many federal agencies and officies to make care safer and improve care transitions. Examples include:



  • Leads development of partnership measurement strategy. 
  • Provides materials and tools to Hospital Engagement Networks and others.
  • Worked with other agencies to establish methods and national baselines for the measured 2010 HAC rates and readmissions tracked through 2013. 
  • Working with hospitals across the country on a project to reduce Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection.


  • Facilitates a variety of programs that align with Partnership for Patients aims. These programs include: 
    • QIO 10th Scope of Work
    • Hospital Value-Based Purchasing
    • Hospital Conditions of Participation
    • Medicaid Provider Preventable Condition
    • Medicare & Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentives program
    • Accountable Care Organizations
    • HAC & Readmission penalties
    • Multi-Stakeholder Involvement
    • Medicaid Health Homes for Enrollees with Chronic Conditions
    • Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations Among Nursing Facility Residents


  • Utilizes National Healthcare Safety Network for Hospital Engagement Network measurement.
  • In March 2012, CDC issued a call-to-action to help prevent historically high numbers of Clostridiumdifficile infections.

More information coming soon.


  • Enrolled 988 Rural hospitals including 422 rural Critical Access Hospitals into the Partnership.
  • Aligns rural programs with aims and leads rural Affinity Group within the HENs, providing a platform for active learning, collaboration, innovation, and achievements in patient safety for rural-based health care providers and advocates.
  • Partnered with local QIOs and other community groups to facilitate more coordinated care transitions and to address areas of harm, such as adverse drug events.

More information coming soon.

More information coming soon.

OSHA is working to address the elevated incidence of work-related injury and illness among health care workers and the impact on the workers, their families, health care institutions, and patient safety. OSHA is promoting both the use of safety and health management systems in order to create an overall culture of safety and the implementation of a proactive process to help employers find and fix workplace hazards before workers are hurt. Additionally, OSHA is researching and evaluating specific workplace hazards, such as health care worker musculoskeletal injuries due to the lifting and repositioning of patients.


  • Awarded Health Information Exchange Challenge grants to State Health Information Exchange Cooperative Agreement Program grantees that showed the most promising potential in developing innovative and scalable solutions in five key areas, including IT.
  • Beacon Communities, Keystone Beacon, developed a method for extracting key clinical information from electronic reports that skilled nursing facilities and home health agencies must submit to CMS.

More information coming soon.

More information coming soon.


  • Released comprehensive, coordinated strategies to address infection control and prevention across:
    • Acute care hospitals
    • Ambulatory surgical centers
    • End-Stage Renal Disease facilities
  • Released a strategy to increase seasonal influenza vaccination coverage of healthcare personnel in the HHS Action Plan to Prevent HAIs.
  • Oversaw development of a national consumer campaign to raise awareness of risks and preventive behaviors related to healthcare-associated infections. Kicked-off in November 2011, the campaign focuses on educating family caregivers (women 40+ and adults 65+), urging them to “Wash hands, Ask questions, Vaccinate against flu and pneumonia, and Ensure safe use of medical devices (WAVE).” 
  • Assembles representatives of rural hospitals and the Partnership for Patients HENs in a special 2-day working event for the HEN Rural Affinity Group.

More information coming soon.

More information coming soon.


Hospitals in the Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks

The Partnership for Patients and its participating hospitals are currently operating within 16 Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks as part of the Partnership for Patients. Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks (HIINs) work at the regional, State, national or hospital system level to help identify solutions already working and disseminate them to other hospitals and providers and sustain and accelerate national progress and momentum towards continued harm reduction in the Medicare program. Learn more about hospitals in the Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks…

Participants of the Community-based Care Transitions Program

Part of the Partnership for Patients is the Community-based Care Transitions Program which tests care delivery models for improving care transitions from the hospital to other settings and reducing readmissions for high-risk Medicare beneficiaries. There are currently dozens of sites participating in the program. Learn more about participants of the Community-based Care Transitions Program…

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