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Collaborating to Achieve the Triple Aim

October 20, 2012

South Carolina Partnership for Health (SC PfH) was founded in 2012 to combine the efforts of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC), and the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA). The primary goal is to develop a collaborative within the state focused on specific advancements that embody the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Triple Aim.

The Triple Aim refers to three goals: improve population health, enhance patient experience and control the cost of care.

For its first initiative, the partnership has chosen to focus on care transitions. The SC PfH and the Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence (CCME) have joined to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions by 20 percent by 2014. This means there will be 1,700 fewer hospital readmissions in South Carolina each year, resulting in an estimated cost savings of more than $500 million. The partnership will accomplish this by giving hospitals, healthcare organizations, and communities the tools and resources they need to improve transitions of care. Reducing avoidable readmissions is complex and requires multidisciplinary approaches. The initiative is titled PART (Preventing Avoidable Readmissions Together).

On September 20, 2012, over 265 stakeholders participated in the PART kick-off meeting in Columbia. The attendees represented a variety of institutions including hospitals, home health, long-term care, governmental organizations, and primary care practices. The event was an opportunity for organizations to discuss how they can best improve patient care. The PART collaborative will continue to host biannual statewide meetings and biannual regional meetings. Webinars and coaching calls are offered each month with a focus on a specific care transitions topic and offering national resources to all South Carolina hospitals to help promote best practices within each institution.