PSO Participation

April 25, 2013    |   By: Calevir

FROM EUNICE HALVERSON, Patient Safety Specialist, Center for Patient Safety

Having spent the last 3 days at the annual AHRQ PSO Conference, it is clear to me that PSOs are gaining momentum across the United States.   It’s been reiterated that the Affordable Care Act requires all hospitals with > 50 beds will be required to participate in a PSO (and participation means actively submitting data) in order to receive reimbursement from the Hospital Insurance Exchange plans.   While this regulation is not effective until January 1, 2015, it’s not far off!

There is increased focus on working with EHR vendors to improve technology to assist our patient safety efforts.   The Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (ONC)is taking a lead role in these discussions, and is supportive of errors being reported through PSOs.   Speaking with leaders of PSOs across the US, it’s evident that the Center for Patient Safety continues to be a leader, remaining ahead of most PSOs as far as receiving and analyzing data.   Thanks to all providers who participate in the Center’s PSO!

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