What is a Patient Safety Organization (PSO)?
The concept of the "Patient Safety Organization" (PSO) 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.
The 2017 Federal CMS Mandate
Beginning on JANUARY 1, 2017, any healthcare provider with more than 50 beds that wants to participate in the Healthcare Insurance Marketplace must conduct work through a patient safety evaluation system which in most cases requires the use of a PSO!
Why Choose 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
- Benchmarking via data submission to a national database (Network of Patient Safety Databases)
- In-person and online training founded on evidenced-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
"PSOs are becoming the national vehicle for cultural transformation in patient safety. We need to harness the power of the federal protections and the ability to learn from each other through national benchmarking. Clarity is proud to have been at the forefront of both charges." - Tom Piotrowski, Executive Director, Clarity PSO