$1 Billion Goes to Cutting Medical Errors

Officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services were in Dallas May 5th to launch the Partnership for Patients, an initiative to reduce hospital-acquired ailments by 40 percent and cut preventable hospital readmission rates by 20 percent by 2013.  In addition to saving 60,000 lives, meeting the reduction goals will save the health care system $35 billion nationwide, including $10 billion for Medicare, said Dr. Renard Murray, administrator for the Dallas and Atlanta regional offices of the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services.  Dr. Rick Brinkman addresses quality and patient safety in his program: Difficult Behavior is a Threat to Patient Health, where he talks about rude language and hostile behavior among health care professionals posing a serious threat to patient safety and the overall quality of care.