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TeamHealth Recognized by National Quality Agency
Date:7/1/2009

TeamHealth Demonstrates Ongoing Commitment to Patient Care through Patient Safety Organization Recognition

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- TeamHealth announced today that it has been officially recognized as an organization committed to patient safety. On July 1, its patient safety organization -- the TeamHealth Patient Safety Organization (THPSO) -- was listed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the lead federal agency charged with improving the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of healthcare for all Americans, signifying that it has met the standards set by that federal agency. TeamHealth, the nation's largest provider of outsourced physician staffing and administrative services to hospitals and other healthcare providers, is the first national organization of its kind to achieve the formal designation of a listed PSO.

PSOs are designed to help clinicians, hospitals, and healthcare organizations improve patient care by encouraging them to conduct quality and safety analyses. Through federal protections of legal privilege and confidentiality authorized by the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005, PSOs foster a culture of safety and create a secure environment where providers can collect and analyze data to identify and reduce the risks and hazards associated with patient care.

"By undergoing the rigorous process to become a recognized listed Patient Safety Organization, TeamHealth underscores its mission to support its affiliated physicians and other providers in improving patient safety," says Lynn Massingale, MD, FACEP, executive chairman, TeamHealth. "We are proud to be the first national emergency medicine organization to receive this designation. This achievement exemplifies our commitment to improving the overall quality of medical care in the U.S., which has been the cornerstone of our organization for the past three decades."


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