A federal contract for $7.59 million was recently awarded to the NYS Partnership for Patients (NYSPFP) program in order to fund efforts across the state to reduce hospital readmissions and "preventable patient harm" by decreasing the number of errors made in emergency rooms, by doctors and nurses, and with medications.

The federal funding is part of 2010's Affordable Care Act - $1 billion in funding was pledged for Partnership for Patients programs nationwide. In New York, the program is being headed by the Healthcare Association of New York State and Greater New York Hospital Association. Together these two associations represent all of the hospitals throughout the state - including large academic medical centers in urban areas and smaller hospitals in rural areas.

Under the Partnership for Patients initiative, hospitals across New York state will:

  • Receive technical assistance
  • Put into place mechanisms like data analytics and other tools to measure key clinical focus areas
  • Training events tailored to the hospital's specific needs
  • Implement more user-friendly computer systems to make data collection easier

According to the Healthcare Association of New York State and Greater New York Hospital Association, hospitals in New York have already started making strides in patient safety and quality improvement. The hope is that the Partnership for Patient program will continue to expand these efforts by providing clinical assistance and expertise support across the state.

Source: DOT Med News, "HANYS, GNYHA Awarded $7.59 Million Contract to Improve Patient Care," 12/15/11.