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The Partnership for Patient Care (PPC) is a collaboration with Independence which began in 2006 to accelerate the adoption of evidence-based clinical practices by pooling the resources, knowledge, and efforts of healthcare providers. This unique collaboration between payer and providers has been recognized as a national model. In December 2008, Independence renewed its support of the Partnership for Patient Care with funding of $3 million from 2009 through 2011. Click here to see the press release.

Current Partnership for Patient Care initiatives include:


  • CARE 4 Us, the newest initiative of the Partnership for Patient Care, jointly funded by Independence and the region's hospitals. It is a regional campaign aimed at increasing awareness of palliative care; identifying the standards to create high-quality, effective palliative care programs; and supporting the region's hospitals to become leaders in the palliative care movement. A regional symposium held on September 25, 2012 served as the formal launch for this campaign. Primary educational and support services will be provided by The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) http://www.capc.org/. For more information on this initiative, contact Susan Cosgrove, MPA, Project Manager, at scosgrove@hcifonline.org or 215.575.3746.

  • Obstetric Adverse Events was selected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as one of its 11 top priorities under the Partnership for Patients program. CMS estimates that 30% of adverse obstetrical events are preventable. They have challenged organizations across the U.S. to reduce these events by 50% by December 2013. The Obstetric Adverse Events collaborative launched in May 2012 with conferences in Philadelphia and Monroeville. Click here for more information.
  • The PAVE (Preventing AVoidable Episodes) Project: Smoothing the Way for Better Transitions. This 18-month initiative, which launched on May 26, 2010 at a regional symposium at The Union League of Philadelphia, focused on strategies to improve care transitions and reduce preventable hospital readmissions in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Click here for more information on this initiative and to see the final results. Click here to see the agenda, keynote speaker presentations, and materials from the May 26, 2010 symposium.
  • Development of a strong culture of safety in Southeastern Pennsylvania. The nationally prominent consulting firm Healthcare Performance Improvement, LLP (HPI) works with area hospitals to achieve high-reliability performance. HPI's methods integrate traditional cultural improvement concepts with new ideas from human factor science. Partnership for Patient Care funds partially support the cost of a Safety Culture Diagnostic Assessment at each hospital or health system. For more information, click here.
  • CT Radiation Dose Safety. This 12-month collaborative, launched on June 7, 2011 at a conference at ECRI Institute, aims to improve CT radiation dose safety in hospitals, affiliated imaging centers, and free-standing imaging centers across Southeastern Pennsylvania. Under the leadership of ECRI Institute, the goals, measures and strategies were developed with input from a 12-member Advisory Committee from six hospitals.
For information on the Partnership for Patient Care's 2006-2011 initiatives, click here.