Key Learning from CPS Hosted Webinar, July 16

July 22, 2015    |   By: Calevir

On July 16, CPS was pleased to collaborate with the North Carolina Quality Center PSO and the Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety and host Dr. Bill Munier from AHRQ and Michael Callahan from Katten, Muchin, Rosenman, LLP on the first of a 2-part series for our PSO participants. Some key points shared by these national presenters included:

  • The partnership between PSOs and providers is that of a social contract for national learning; PSOs accelerate learning, produce generalizable lessons for improvement and allow for comparisons and benchmarking
  • The social contract supports a two-way, vertical system for quality improvement: Providers get protections from PSOs, providers share experience (data) with PSOs, PSOs share data nationally, national learning is shared with PSOs, providers, and the nation, and quality and safety are improved nationwide – starting from the ground up
  • Benefits of working with a PSO include protections, specialized experience, and focused aspects of quality & safety
  • Benefits of PSOs also include safe tables among providers, faster aggregation of information & richer analysis, shared learnings
  • Over 5,000 healthcare providers are currently working with a Patient Safety Organization (PSO) across 29 states
  • Critical questions to ensure protections under Patient Safety & Quality Improvement Act: Are your policies in place? Did you report to PSO?
  • Healthcare providers cannot afford to miss out on the opportunity to participate in Patient Safety Organizations
  • Section 1311 (h) of the Affordable Care Act will be effective January 1, 2017 requiring hospitals with more than 50 beds to participate with a PSO.  AHRQ is providing information and resources to help providers select a PSO.


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