Patient Safety Movement and UPMC clinicians back ACA

On Sept. 15, the Patient Safety Movement Coalition voiced support for the ACA and its Partnership for Patients initiative at a press conference held at University of Pittsburgh's Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education and Research facility, alongside clinicians from University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

The ACA's Partnership for Patients is a public-private collaboration designed to improve the quality, safety and affordability of healthcare. The partnership is centered on the collaboration between more than 3,000 hospitals from across the country and Hospital Engagement Networks, which work to establish best practices for the reduction of medical errors, readmissions and hospital-acquired conditions. From 2010 to 2014, according to HHS, hospital-acquired conditions declined by 17 percent, saving approximately 87,000 patient lives.

"We believe programs like the Partnership for Patients initiative are a significant motivator for hospitals to put safety first," said Paul Phrampus, MD, director of the WISER Institute. "We take both a top down and bottom up approach to patient safety. We believe better care starts with creating a culture of safety where everyone is empowered to help eliminate patient harm."

The Patient Safety Movement Coalition is affiliated with the Patient Safety Movement Foundation. The coalition works with members of government to create policies and incentives that serve to make healthcare more transparent and safer for patients.

"On November 8th, Americans will go to the polls to vote in 435 House and 34 Senate elections. In many of these races, there is at least one candidate supporting the repeal of the ACA," said Joe Kiani, founder of the Patient Safety Movement Coalition. "The voters need to understand that, while the ACA isn't perfect and we support its continued improvement, it is saving lives, and repealing it would jeopardize the progress that has been made."

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