NYS Partnership for Patients

Working toward the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) goal of reducing hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and preventable readmissions by 20 percent, the United Hospital Fund is collaborating with the New York State Partnership for Patients to enhance and spread innovative and successful patient safety initiatives.

Led by the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) and the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS), the New York State Partnership for Patients is one of 17 regional “hospital engagement networks” established under CMS’s national Partnership for Patients initiative to help achieve the “triple aim” of better health, better care, and lower costs.  The New York State Partnership has built on the experience and success of the United Hospital Fund/GNYHA quality improvement efforts initiated in 2005 with the launch of the Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI) Collaborative in which 47 New York City-area hospitals documented a 54 percent aggregate reduction of CLABSIs.

Expanding that collaborative approach statewide, the New York State Partnership for Patients helps hospitals across the state to identify, implement, and sustain evidence-based best practices.  Since its inception in 2011, the New York State Partnership for Patients has focused largely on the following areas:

  • Culture and Leadership
  • Patient and Family Engagement
  • Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections
  • Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections
  • Surgical Site Infections
  • Ventilator-Associated Events
  • Obstetrical Adverse Events
  • Adverse Drug Events
  • Pressure Ulcers
  • Falls
  • Venous Thromboembolism
  • Readmissions

As of 2015, the New York State Partnership is continuing to focus efforts on all of the above areas--and has added the following areas of focus:

  • Iatrogenic Delirium
  • Clostridium difficile
  • Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock
  • Health Disparities

The statewide initiative supports a “No Harm Across the Board” approach that connects efforts in the various clinical areas, and is focusing on five “patient safety hubs”--the emergency department, medical/surgical units, critical care, the operating room, and obstetrics.

United Hospital Fund is providing technical assistance to a subset of participating hospitals in New York City.

Project Contact: Deborah Halper


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