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MBGH is First TN Employer Group to Sign Pledge for Partnership for Patients

Memphis Business Group on Health is the first employer/employer group in Tennessee to sign the pledge to support the "Partnership for Patients'

Partnership for Patients: Better Care, Lower Costs was launched today, April 12, 2011, by HHS Secretary Sebelius and CMS Administrator Berwick along with consumer groups, industry representatives, and other key stakeholders, including the Leapfrog Group and the National Business Coalition on Health. MBGH was the first Tennessee employer group to sign on for the initiative.

The two goals of this new partnership are to:Keep patients from getting injured or sicker.

  • By the end of 2013, preventable hospital-acquired conditions would decrease by 40% compared to 2010.  Achieving this goal would mean approximately 1.8 million fewer injuries to patients with more than 60,000 lives saved over three years.Help patients heal without complication.
  • By the end of 2013, preventable complications during a transition from one care setting to another would be decreased so that all hospital readmissions would be reduced by 20% compared to 2010.  Achieving this goal would mean more than 1.6 million patients would recover from illness without suffering a preventable complication requiring re-hospitalization within 30 days of discharge. 

By signing on to this initiative, MBGH agrees to work with our employer members to:

  • Use market-based incentives, that may include payments, to promote improvements in safety and other dimensions of quality and value;
  • Work with other private payers, states and the federal government to align efforts to measure performance on quality and safety – so that patients and clinicians have the best possible information and the burden on hospitals and other providers is minimized; and
  • Share information with their employees, members or beneficiaries so they can engage as active partners in getting better, safer care.

MBGH continues to support and value diversity in publicly reporting hospital performance from a variety of stakeholder groups, including employers. Different stakeholder groups need different information for decision making and it is a strength of our current system that there is a diverse set of voices and opinions, which we believe accelerates progress and improvement. We hope that, as part of this initiative, Medicare and Medicaid will share data with regional health improvement collaboratives, so the entire community can benefit from the wealth of information this data will provide on the quality and cost of care in the Memphis area.

MBGH joins with our national partners, National Business Coalition on Health, and The Leapfrog Group in supporting this important initiative. 

Posted by Cristie Travis at 10:36 PM

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