PSOs: Protecting Safety and Quality Work

October 26, 2015    |   By: Calevir

Providers, do you need a way to educate your attorneys about the benefits of a PSO? Or a refresher for your own team?

Attorneys, do you need a kickstart to understanding how the law may work in more complicated provider relationships?

Kathy Wire, Project Manager for LTC at the Center for Patient Safety, wrote an article for the PALS Advisor, the newsletter of the LTC practice group of the American Health Lawyers’ Association.  Entitled “Patient Safety Organizations: Protecting Collaborative Safety and Quality Work,” it provides an introductory explanation of the PSQIA and its potential advantages in the current collaborative healthcare climate. She also wrote a more extensive paper about the basics of PSO protection for QAPI work for the same group’s annual conference in February.  It’s available here.  While the articles are directed at a long-term care audience, the material applies to any provider.


PSO Case Law: Ungurian v. Beyzman, et al., 2020 PA Super 105:

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Joint Commission New Sentinel Event Alert 61: Managing the Risks of Direct Oral Anticoagulants:

The Center for Patient Safety wants to share this important harm-prevention advice from The Joint Commission and its Sentinel Event Alert: Managing the Risks of Direct Oral Anticoagulants. The Joint Commis

CPS Safety Watch/Alert – Culture Can Improve the Control of Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms:

Issue: A number of events reported co CPS’ Patient Safety Organization (PSO) demonstrate poor handoff communication about the patients’ infectious disease status Examples include: Patient with

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