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?
- 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.