The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently launched Partnership for Patients, an ambitious national effort designed to substantially reduce 9 types of preventable harm and hospital readmissions.1 These harms include adverse drug events, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, central line–associated bloodstream infections, fall injuries, pressure ulcers, surgical site infections, venous thromboembolisms, ventilator-associated pneumonia, and obstetrical adverse events. Thousands of hospitals have agreed to participate and chose to focus on several harms because it was beyond their capacity to simultaneously address all 9 types of harm.
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