What is a Patient Safety Organization (PSO)
In July 2005, Congress developed the federal Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 in response to theInstitute of Medicine report, To Err Is Human. The final Patient Safety Rule was adopted November 21, 2008 and became effective on January 19, 2009. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, one of the eleven divisions under theDepartment of Health and Human Services, oversees the Patient Safety Rule.
The Patient Safety Act and the Patient Safety Rule provide a structure for PSOs while the legislation affords protection for physicians and healthcare providers that voluntarily and confidential reporting of adverse event information to designated PSOs. The program intentionally differentiates PSO work from most regulatory and mandatory reporting programs.
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