ACA and PSO Participation?

August 7, 2013    |   By: Calevir

The AHA has cautioned hospitals about regulations that have not yet been issued for provisions within the federal health reform law   (ACA) requiring hospitals with more than 50 beds to work with Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs) by January 2015. This is true; we are still waiting for these regulations, among many others to implement the ACA. However, hospitals are encouraged to continue to identify PSOs that can meet their needs because it will take some time to select a PSO, contract for services and become familiar with the advantages of PSO participation. These advantages are much more than meeting ACA provisions, PSO participation can increase internal reporting and knowledge about adverse events and near misses and allow healthcare providers to collaborate to proactively learn about and take action to prevent the cause of medical error, ultimately resulting in reduced harm and attributable cost.

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