The Los Angeles Times recently featured a story on the first year outcomes of Patient Safety First, a California Partnership for Health. This historic statewide collaboration amongst Anthem Blue Cross, the National Health Foundation and California’s Regional Hospital Associations, is saving lives, improving the quality of care and reducing health care costs for Californians

The Los Angeles Times recently featured a story on the first year outcomes of Patient Safety First, a California Partnership for Health. This historic statewide collaboration amongst Anthem Blue Cross, the National Health Foundation and California’s Regional Hospital Associations, is saving lives, improving the quality of care and reducing health care costs for Californians. Specifically, this groundbreaking, three-year collaboration has contributed to saving more than 800 lives by preventing sepsis-related deaths.

Patient Safety First, which brings together more than 160 participating hospitals from across the state, has led to a:

  • 41 percent reduction in ventilator acquired pneumonia;
  • 25 percent reduction in central line blood stream infections;
  • 24 percent reduction in catheter acquired urinary tract infections; and
  • a reduction in birth trauma and elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks gestation.

Lives have been saved, health care quality has improved, and early data suggests the Patient Safety First initiative has resulted in a cost-avoidance of nearly $8.6 million. This is money that was not spent because hospital acquired infections were avoided as a result of the shared learning made possible by the collaboration.

The nation’s largest patient-safety collaborative, Patient Safety First, leverages regional peer-to-peer learning networks to accelerate the adoption of established best practices and quality improvement programs such as Sepsis Early Goal Directed Therapy, and the new March of Dimes Toolkit established to eliminate non-medically indicated deliveries before 39 weeks gestational age.

This initiative compliments our commitment to paying hospital providers for improved clinical outcomes, safety and quality performance, at a time when health care affordability and quality are foremost in the minds of Americans and our customers. In addition, it aligns with the National Patient Safety Partnership launched earlier this year amongst the Obama Administration, hospitals, employers, health plans, physicians, nurses and patient advocates to help save lives by stopping preventable injuries and complications in patient care over the next three years, and potentially saving billions of dollars in health care costs.

We will continue to work closely with the public and private sectors to create a better, safer and more affordable health care delivery system for Californians and all Americans.

To learn more about Patient Safety First, read the recently published article in the Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Times recently featured a story on the first year outcomes of Patient Safety First, a California Partnership for Health. This historic statewide collaboration amongst Anthem Blue Cross, the National Health Foundation and California’s Regional Hospital Associations, is saving lives, improving the quality of care and reducing health care costs for Californians

The Los Angeles Times recently featured a story on the first year outcomes of Patient Safety First, a California Partnership for Health. This historic statewide collaboration amongst Anthem Blue Cross, the National Health Foundation and California’s Regional Hospital Associations, is saving lives, improving the quality of care and reducing health care costs for Californians. Specifically, this groundbreaking, three-year collaboration has contributed to saving more than 800 lives by preventing sepsis-related deaths.

Patient Safety First, which brings together more than 160 participating hospitals from across the state, has led to a:

  • 41 percent reduction in ventilator acquired pneumonia;
  • 25 percent reduction in central line blood stream infections;
  • 24 percent reduction in catheter acquired urinary tract infections; and
  • a reduction in birth trauma and elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks gestation.

Lives have been saved, health care quality has improved, and early data suggests the Patient Safety First initiative has resulted in a cost-avoidance of nearly $8.6 million. This is money that was not spent because hospital acquired infections were avoided as a result of the shared learning made possible by the collaboration.

The nation’s largest patient-safety collaborative, Patient Safety First, leverages regional peer-to-peer learning networks to accelerate the adoption of established best practices and quality improvement programs such as Sepsis Early Goal Directed Therapy, and the new March of Dimes Toolkit established to eliminate non-medically indicated deliveries before 39 weeks gestational age.

This initiative compliments our commitment to paying hospital providers for improved clinical outcomes, safety and quality performance, at a time when health care affordability and quality are foremost in the minds of Americans and our customers. In addition, it aligns with the National Patient Safety Partnership launched earlier this year amongst the Obama Administration, hospitals, employers, health plans, physicians, nurses and patient advocates to help save lives by stopping preventable injuries and complications in patient care over the next three years, and potentially saving billions of dollars in health care costs.

We will continue to work closely with the public and private sectors to create a better, safer and more affordable health care delivery system for Californians and all Americans.

To learn more about Patient Safety First, read the recently published article in the Los Angeles Times