During a hearing this week on improving health quality and patient safety, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, a Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, questioned claims made by the Administration on health care savings. Enzi urged Congress to focus on substantive changes that can really improve patient care instead of providing funding to encourage providers to do what they should already be doing.
The Partnership for Patients program will spend $1 billion dollars to provide funding to hospitals to reduce the number of patients readmitted to hospitals to treat the same or related conditions. Enzi said these funds are giving hospitals more money to do what they should already be doing. Enzi advocates changing current payment systems to create real incentives for health care providers to improve the quality of care for patients.