What is a Patient Safety Organization?

The federal Patient Safety Organization (PSO) Program stems from the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (PSQIA). The Act called for the creation of PSOs as a means of assessing and improving patient safety outcomes in US healthcare delivery. Through the law, all licensed providers are encouraged to collect and report patient safety and quality information to a listed PSO. In return, all data reported to the PSO are held confidential and legally protected from discovery.

Why Join Clarity PSO?

Clarity PSO is a division of Clarity Group, Inc., one of the nation's leading healthcare professional liability risk management organizations. We were one of the first federally listed Patient Safety Organizations, and we strive every day to remain one of the best. With Clarity PSO you get...
  • Federal legal privilege and confidentiality protections for any patient safety data reported to the PSO
  • Reporting tools such as the Healthcare SafetyZone® Portal, with AHRQ Common Format template capabilities
  • Creation of your PSES (Patient Safety Evaluation System) by our team of experts who set the standard for proper PSO participation
  • Benchmarking via data submission to a national database (Network of Patient Safety Databases)
  • In-person and online training rooted in evidence-based best practices
  • Expertise in proactive risk assessments, root-cause analyses, and in-depth investigations
  • Ongoing support to your quality and safety departments that might not otherwise be affordable
  • Access to a national Healthcare Advisory Council that provides evidence-based recommendations on issues that surface via data analysis
  • Assurance that you will meet the federal CMS mandate for establishment of a PSES (patient safety evaluation system) and/or full PSO participation by January 1, 2017 

The 2017 Federal CMS Mandate

Beginning on JANUARY 1, 2017, any healthcare provider with more than 50 beds that wants to participate in the Health Insurance Marketplace must conduct work through a PSES (patient safety evaluation system), which in most cases requires the use of a PSO.

CLARITY PSO & YOU - learn more about this important program -

  • Clarity PSO Learning Series


    Check out our latest PSO Learning Series Report which takes a hard look at patient safety events related to High-Alert Medications.

    PSO LEARNINGSread more >
  • Clarity Group Press Release

    CLARITY PSO & the Important Role Patient Safety Organizations Play in the Affordable Care Act Final Rule

    Learn why a PSO is the preferred method for hospitals with more than 50 beds to meet Healthcare Insurance Marketplace participation requirements.

    PRESS RELEASEread more >
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    Clarity PSO's 7-Year Report

    This report is a window into the work of Clarity PSO, and more importantly, the insights our clients have gained through their work with us. Read about our PSO journey!

    WHITE PAPERS read more >
  • Clarity PSO ROILS Slide


    Clarity built the online interface and provides patient safety services for RO-ILS, a new patient safety initiative in radiation oncology care.

    PRESS RELEASESread more >