Partnership For Patients ( Pfp )

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Partnership for Patients (PfP) has made significant progress in decreasing the number of preventable hospital acquired conditions (HACs), hospital readmissions, hospital patient deaths, and health care expenditures. Nonetheless, much work remains to be done so that PfP is more effective in their mission to make and improve care safety and care transitions. The progress made is part of a program that has been in effect since April of 2011, soon after sections 3011 and 3026 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) were signed into law. These sections allowed then Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, and Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) Administrator, Donald Burwick, to create and provide funding through Medicare for a dual program to reduce hospital readmissions and transition care services. Since its founding, PfP has been quietly collaborating with many other federal agencies and offices to reduce readmissions and improve healthcare quality. Having pushed the concept of a public-private partnership, PfP aims to engage 100 percent of the eligible U.S. acute care medical centers to make hospital care safer, more reliable, and less costly. Eligible hospitals are those with a high readmission rate as defined by the DHHS Secretary. PfP is designing the program as it evolves, and the current DHHS Secretary, Sylvia Matthews Burwell, has leeway in its creation because there are neither specific statutes nor

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