On April 12, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the launch of its new “Partnership for Patients” program, a public-private partnership that is aimed at reducing preventable injuries and complications in patient care over the next three years. Hospitals, physicians, health plans, consumer and community organizations, employers, unions and others can all pledge to join the Partnership. The main goals are: (1) keeping patients from getting injured or sicker in the health care system and (2) helping patients heal without complication by improving transitions from acute-care hospitals to other care settings, like home care or a skilled nursing facility.

Up to $1 billion is available under PPACA for this program, allowing HHS to work with various public and private partners to achieve the two goals of keeping patients from getting injured or sicker and improving transitions between care setting. Up to $500 million will come from the new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation in order to test different models of improving patient care. The Community Care Transition Program will provide the remaining $500 million for community-based organizations that partner with hospitals to provide care transition services.

The Partnership for Patients is not a shared savings model and therefore would not conflict with participation in Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).

More information on the Partnership for Patients can be found here.