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CLARITY PSO and the Important Role Patient Safety Organizations Play in the Affordable Care Act Final Rule Filed by CMS

By Chris Hajek
Friday, March 11, 2016

On February 29, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) filed a Final Rule regarding Improvements for the 2017 Health Insurance Marketplace. In the notice, CMS finalized the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirement that starting January 1, 2017, a hospital with more than 50 beds that wants to participate in the Healthcare Insurance Marketplace must conduct work through a Patient Safety Evaluation System as defined in 42 CFR 3.20, which requires the use of a Patient Safety Organization (PSO), with few exceptions.

As one of the nation's first and most trusted Patient Safety Organizations, we at Clarity PSO have been watching for this notice very carefully, and have released a statement regarding its implications. Healthcare providers and the federal government remain committed to enhancing the safety of our healthcare delivery system, and both are seeing the impact that PSOs can have on achieving that goal. We are proud to be a founding PSO and to serve the healthcare providers who contract with us for our products, services and insights. We continue to believe that what we do as a PSO has great benefit to sustainable and forever-enriched patient safety and healthcare quality. Our work is dedicated to that belief.

Tom Piotrowski, Executive Director of Clarity PSO, states, “This is the time for PSOs to respond to the needs of healthcare providers under the ACA! Providers can enhance the quality and safety of the care they deliver from their affiliation with a PSO, and we are excited to partner with hospitals in expanding their patient safety efforts." Tom goes on to identify some of the critical reasons why a PSO is the preferred way to meet the mandate. Please read on via the link below, and check out Clarity PSO for more information on the federal Patient Safety Organization program or to Contact Us.

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