Patient Safety Organization (PSO)
About the Center for Patient Safety
The Center for Patient Safety, is a private, not-for-profit corporation dedicated to fostering change throughout the nation’s health care delivery systems and across the continuum of care. We provide services that contribute to safe care and we are a federally-designated Patient Safety Organization (PSO). READ MORE
What is a PSO?
Patient Safety Organization’s (PSOs) support the collection, analysis, sharing and learning about what medical errors occur, why and how to prevent them. By reinforcing a safety culture that allows healthcare providers to safely report and share information about vulnerabilities within the healthcare system, PSOs are pivotal in the crusade to prevent medical errors and patient harm.
“PSOs are becoming a more integral part of the patient safety landscape and a more important role in patient safety research… AHRQ is committed to continued support for the program.” Richard Kronick, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Director
Court Cases Addressing PSO Protections
Read about the multiple court cases upholding PSO protections and find out what is necessary to ensure your protections are maintained.
“Licensed providers who have yet to participate in a PSO for fear of its limited scope and acceptance by the courts should reconsider this option.” - Wes Butler, Barnett Benvenuti & Butler PLLC
Choosing a Patient Safety Organization
It’s important to select the most appropriate PSO for your organization.
Center PSO resources:
PSO?PSES? PSWP? You have questions, we have answers! (A CPS and VergeSolutions webinar series)
PSOs: A National Perspective, Past, Present and Future (A CPS event with AHRQ Staff) (07.26.12)
Patient Safety Organizations and Transparency A Center for Patient Safety White Paper
Center for Patient Safety PSO Services and Benefits
The Center for Patient Safety is positioned to assist new and current participants in gaining the invaluable learning PSOs provide, and obtaining the federal protections that are available within the PSQIA – but, mostly importantly, to prevent patient harm.
CPS is a leader in PSO services for healthcare providers nationwide, delivering protection solutions since 2009. CPS staff have the knowledge and experience to appreciate the unique qualities of your organization.
Where do I begin?
Participation with the CPS PSO begins with a contract. The contract establishes your relationship with the PSO, expectations, and your agency’s intent to report medical error data to the PSO. Our staff will assist you with understanding the contract and begin your initial education on PSOs and what you need to know to work with us.
Looking for More Information about the Center for Patient Safety’s PSO Services?
The Center for Patient Safety offers PSO services for Hospitals, Medical Offices, Long-term Care, and EMS – request more information.
The Center for Patient Safety offers full PSO assistance, which can facilitate implementation or complement your current PSO’s services, including consultative services and a toolkit:
CPS PSO Team Members:
Becky Miller, MHA, CPHQ, FACHE, CPPS, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lee Varner, BS EMS, EMT-P, Project Manager, EMS Services, email@example.com
Eunice Halverson, MA, Patient Safety Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathy Wire, JD, MBA, CPHRM, Project Manager, email@example.com
Alex Christgen, BSBA, Project/Operations Manager and Analyst, firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Handler, MD, MMM, FACPE, Medical Director
Amy Vogelsmeier, PhD, RN, GCNS-BC, Contractor