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Anthem Blue Cross Partners With California Regional Hospital Associations and The National Health Foundation To Launch an Historic Three-Year Statewide Patient Safety Collaborative
Date:1/19/2010

ed. The cost to the health care system has been estimated at upwards of 11 billion dollars each year.

While several patient safety and quality initiatives have been undertaken at the individual hospital or system level, the impact has often been limited to the population within that system. This new partnership is unprecedented in its scale and ambition.  Hospitals throughout the state of California will be linked in a coordinated effort to improve patient safety through the sharing and implementation of best practices to eliminate hospital acquired infections and improve patient care.

This partnership builds upon established peer-to-peer learning networks like BEACON - The Bay Area Patient Safety Collaborative and the Southern California Patient Safety Collaborative. It also complements the work of the March of Dimes, particularly in the area of perinatal care, prematurity, and teaching women why the last weeks of pregnancy can be critical to the health of the mother and baby.

The three initial areas of focus elected by the collaborative will be:

Perinatal Care: Reduction of elective deliveries prior to thirty-nine weeks

Sepsis: Reduction of incidence and morbidity

Hospital Acquired Infections in the ICU Setting: Reduction of incidence of:

(VAP) ventilator-associated pneumonia; (CLBSI) central line blood stream infections, and (CAUTI) catheter associated urinary tract infections

In commenting on the new collaboration Margolin with Anthem Blue Cross stressed, "This is a groundbreaking initiative crossing organizational and geographic boundaries in bold and ambitious ways. Each of us who works in health care recognizes that, to solve the issues we face in providing affordable access to quality care, Health Plans, Hospitals and Physicians must find effect
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SOURCE Regional Hospital Associations; Anthem Blue Cross
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