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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Partnership for Patients

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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

Earlier this year, Texas Health hospitals pledged their support for the Partnership for Patients, a new program launched by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation as part of the Affordable Care Act.

The Partnership for Patients provides a framework for focusing and organizing patient safety improvement efforts that are one of Texas Health’s key strategic objectives. There are two major thrusts of the program — care transitions and patient safety.

For several years, Texas Health has collaborated with other health systems through the Premier alliance to focus on patient safety and quality improvement. We’ve already made significant progress through initiatives such as Premier’s QUEST program. We believe the Partnership for Patients will help accelerate our efforts.

More than 540 hospitals across the country have signed up to work with Premier on the Partnership for Patients with the goal of developing, testing and implementing solutions tailored for each local market.

As I’ve said many times before, the most effective health care reforms will occur at the local level. We believe that collaborating with other health systems in this nationwide team effort will help us deliver enhanced patient safety and quality right here in North Texas.

For our faith-based family of hospitals — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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