Navigation Links
Final Rule Issued for Patient Safety Organizations
Date:11/21/2008

ROCKVILLE, Md., Nov. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued a final rule for Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs).

The rule becomes effective on Jan. 19, 2009. It provides final requirements and procedures for PSOs, new entities, with which clinicians and health care providers can work to collect, aggregate and analyze data - within a legally secure environment of privilege and confidentiality protections - to identify and reduce patient care risks and hazards.

"I expect the final rule and the creation of Patient Safety Organizations to greatly improve the quality of health care for all Americans," HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said. "By making it easier for clinicians and health care organizations to report and learn from adverse events without fear of new legal liability, we will be able to improve our nation's health care systems and minimize factors that can contribute to mistakes."

Under interim guidance issued on Oct. 8, AHRQ has already listed 15 PSOs. During the remainder of the interim period, these organizations will maintain their status as PSOs. However, these and other PSOs listed throughout the interim period are expected to comply with the final rule once it takes effect.

"The Patient Safety Organization final rule describes the clear, legally protected framework for how hospitals, clinicians, and health care organizations can work together to improve patient safety and the quality of care nationwide," said AHRQ Director Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D.

The listing of PSOs is authorized by the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (Patient Safety Act). The Patient Safety Act is intended to encourage voluntary, provider-driven initiatives to improve the safety of health care through the establishment of legal protections to ensure that providers who report patient safety information do not incur new legal liability; to promote rapid learning about the underlying causes of risks and harms in the delivery of health care; and to share those findings widely, thus speeding the pace of improvement.

The final rule is consistent with many of the provisions of the proposed rule issued on Feb. 12. However, it also includes new requirements for PSOs, such as:

  • The requirement that a PSO notify providers if the patient safety work product it submits is inappropriately disclosed or its security is breached
  • Requirements for how a component PSO maintains separation between itself and its parent organization(s) have been made more flexible

The final rule also makes several important changes from those in the proposed rule regarding the listing and delisting of PSOs and the ways in which PSOs must comply with statutory requirements, including:

  • Expansion in the types of entities and organizations excluded from listing as PSOs
  • Revisions to how PSOs should disclose certain relationships with health care providers
  • Increased flexibility in how PSOs can store patient safety work product
  • Automatic expiration of Departmental listing after 3 years unless a PSO's listing is continued by the Secretary and
  • An expedited delisting process for PSOs in a limited number of serious circumstances

AHRQ administers provisions dealing with PSO operations, and the HHS Office for Civil Rights enforces confidentiality provisions. The final rule addresses concerns regarding how providers may efficiently collect and analyze patient safety event information with privilege and confidentiality protections while complying with existing reporting requirements that seek similar information.

"OCR is pleased to partner with AHRQ to protect and ensure the confidentiality of the information used by providers and PSOs to improve the safety and quality of patient care nationwide," said OCR Director Winston Wilkinson.

To read the final rule and access more information about PSOs, including background on the rulemaking process, visit AHRQ's PSO Web site at www.pso.ahrq.gov. Additional information about the confidentiality and disclosure of patient safety work product may be found at OCR's Web site at www.hhs.gov/ocr/psqia/.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Mylan Receives Final FDA Approval for the Generic Version of the Antidepressant Sarafem(R) Pulvules(R) Capsules
2. Nevada Gives Final Approval to AMERIGROUP Medicaid Contract
3. URAC Announces Finalists for Best Practices in Health Care Consumer Empowerment and Protection Awards
4. Sale of Enzymatic Therapy, Inc. to Natures Way Holding Company Finalized
5. Association for Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS) Finalizing Requirements for Professional Certification
6. Mylan Receives Final Approval for First-to-File Generic Version of Antiepileptic Keppra(R) and Launches Immediately
7. In Final 72-Hour Push, SEIU Members Get Out The Vote for Barack Obama and Other Working Family Candidates Across the Country
8. Cyberonics Provides Business Update Based on Final Ambulatory Payment Classification Rate Change Announcement by CMS
9. Finally ... A Chance for Both Men and Women to Take CTRL(TM) of Their Own Skin!
10. Jenny Craig Announces Finalists for the 2008 Ideal Size Contest
11. FTC Extends Final Red Flag Compliance Deadline for Creditors
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/29/2016)... CA (PRWEB) , ... April 29, 2016 , ... ... advocating optimistic healthcare awareness and author of best seller "LOVE, MEDICINE and MIRACLES") ... Radio Monday, May 2, 2016 and podcasted thereafter . Dr. Bernie Siegel, ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... , ... Coast Dental Fort Stewart is celebrating its grand opening with an ... Furniture Mall at 112 Vilseck Road in Fort Stewart. There will be refreshments, giveaways, ... have the opportunity to meet general dentists Thomas Richards, DDS, and Josh Faulk, DMD, ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) , ... April 29, 2016 ... ... Pennsylvania announced that student team BioCellection won the $30,000 Perlman Grand Prize of ... Impact Prize, the Gloeckner Undergraduate Award, the Michelson People‚Äôs Choice Award, and the ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... ... Association (CCA), is pleased to announce the launch of the GFCP Scoop ... recipes, and more. The purpose of the GFCP Scoop site is ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... ... based oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Majid Jamali is an expert in ... Dr. Jamali is proud to offer this permanent solution to patients who suffer from sleep ... This surgery is performed to correct the alignment of the jaw. It is beneficial for ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/28/2016)... , April 28, 2016   Click here ... Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO), the nation,s largest independent ... a definitive agreement to acquire Valley Campus Pharmacy, ... ("TNH"), a leading specialty pharmacy that provides individualized ... California . In 2015, TNH generated approximately ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... -- The blood testing market in China ... and The Freedonia Group in a recent report.  The ... healthcare research firm said that China ... and in improving testing at the provincial level.   The ... Blood Testing Market in China , which utilized ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... , April 28, 2016   Acsis , ... announced that leading IT market research and advisory firm ... in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Pharmaceutical Track and Trace ... The report provides an assessment of the capabilities and ... and trace software market. Logo - ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: