Five Reasons to Participate in a PSO

October 21, 2013    |   By: Calevir

1.             Transparency contributes to improved patient safety for all

2.             Take advantage of safe haven of federal protection for safety work product, especially in light of Missouri’s recent tort reform decision

          Protect patient safety discussions and analysis currently taking place between hospitals and providers, ie EMS re: trauma, STEMI and stroke

          Future integration with providers who are members of Accountable Care Organizations

3.             ACA provision effective January 1, 2015 requires all hospitals with 50 or more beds to have a patient safety evaluation system to receive reimbursement from the HIE plans

4.             Position for recent recommended requirements by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC – HIT) to report patient safety events related to EHRs to a PSO

5.             Active participation in PSO provides strong counter-argument to proposed bills requiring mandatory reporting to the state Department of Health, including increased surveys and fines

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