PSO? PSES? PSWP? You have questions, we have answers

Three-part National Webinar Series

PSO? PSES? PSWP? You have questions, we have answers hosted by the Center for Patient Safety (CPS) and VergeSolutions.

Remember that the Affordable Care Act requires hospitals with more than 50 beds to adopt a Patient Safety Evaluation System (PSES), which is accomplished by participating in a Patient Safety Organization (PSO).

The January 1, 2015 deadline requires qualified health plans that are part of the Health Insurance Exchange to contract only with those providers that have an established  PSES. We encourage you to identify a PSO and adopt your PSES by 1/1/2014 to avoid last-minute contracting and implementation of PSO participation.

Dr. Munier,  Director of the Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, AHRQ, states in Part III: “I can’t think of a better way to move forward in the world of safety than working with your PSO.”

If you missed this helpful series, check out our online videos and downloadable material…

Part I –     Watch video/audio     Download the slide deck     View the Session’s Q&A

We know hospitals are asking how to establish a Patient Safety Evaluation System (PSES) and define Patient Safety Work Product (PSWP) to gain the most from the federal protections and improvement opportunities available by working with a Patient Safety Organization (PSO), particularly in light of the pending January 2015 ACA requirement for larger hospitals to establish a PSES. During this Webinar, the Center for Patient Safety will answer your questions based upon  its extensive experience in working one-on-one with more than 200 healthcare providers (hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and ambulance services) in establishing a PSES and reporting PSWP to their PSO.

Part II –     Watch video/audio     Download the slide deck     View the Session’s Q&A

Building upon Part I of this Series, Part II will answer more of your questions about establishing a Patient Safety Evaluation System (PSES) and delve into Patient Safety Work Product (PSWP), establishing a PSO Workgroup and defining your Workforce to gain the most out of PSO participation.   In addition, a summary of court cases to-date that have supported use of the federal PSO protections for quality and safety work product.

Part III –      Watch video/audio    Download the slide deck   View the Session’s Q&A

We are excited to feature the following industry experts from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), discussing PSOs as part of the current federal, state and compliance landscape:

  • Dr. William Munier, Director of the Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, AHRQ
  • Diane Cousins, PSO Operations Lead for AHRQ

Speakers also covered the National Profile of PSOs; Common Data Formats and their value in improving patient safety; Patient Safety and Health Information Technology; and PSO/PSES applications for CMS Quality Regulations and the ACA.


About the Center
The Center is a not-for-profit organization with the vision of a safe environment for all patients and healthcare providers, in all processes, all the time.   Founded in 2005, the Center  became one of the first organizations in the nation to be certified as a PSO in 2008.The Center aims to fulfill its vision of “a healthcare environment safe for all patients and healthcare providers, in all processes, all the time.”

Questions?
Contact us!   We’re happy to help you meet the ACA requirements and provide an environment that promotes safer care through learning.

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