Ask the Lawyer: PSOs & the Law

September 30, 2014    |   By: Calevir

PSO and the Laq

The Center for Patient Safety would like to thank the many who joined us for the EMS PSO Webinar on October 1, “Ask the Lawyer: PSOs and the Law”.   The webinar drew a very wide group of EMS and other healthcare professionals from around the country.   Kathy Wire, JD, MBA, CPHRM, led the presentation then opened up the remainder of the program to questions.   Kathy outlined the 2005 Patient Safety Quality Improvement Act and how participation would provide federal protection around much of the quality and safety efforts that EMS was already doing.   Kathy said “EMS is great to work with; they have a keen interest in quality and safety”.   The webinar focused on what a PSO is and how it supports the needs of quality and safety work.

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Lee Varner, BS, EMS, EMT-P, EMS Project Manager at the Center for Patient Safety, was impressed with the diversity of those who participated with the webinar.   Lee said “the topic attracted both ground and air EMS as well as many leaders in our industry”.   The goal of the webinar was to help raise awareness to the importance of reporting unsafe conditions, near misses, and adverse events.   Participating with a PSO and sharing information in a safe way allows EMS to learn one another and drive best practices in our industry.

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