The Diagnostic Quality Assurance, Patient Safety Organization (PSO) is the first Pathology specific PSO in the country, designed to help clinicians, hospitals, and healthcare organizations improve patient care by advocating for 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.
In light of heightened consumer awareness regarding healthcare quality, as well as increased interest in diagnostic accuracy, DQA PSO activities will likely have a significant impact for pathology service providers across the country as they seek to improve quality.
Diagnostic Quality Assurance PSO, is a component entity of QualityStar, LLC and received its initial approval from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) on May 25, 2016. AHRQ assigned the number P0170 to the Diagnostic Quality Assurance PSO and listed the company on the AHRQ’s PSO website; www.pso.ahrq.gov
What is a PSO? – Congress established Patient Safety Organizations (PSO) in passing the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (PSQIA).
What is the Purpose of a PSO?
- Encourage a culture of safety and quality in health care by creating a safe harbor in which reporting and analyzing information is insulated from liability or harm to professional reputation.
- Ensure accountability by raising standards and expectations for continuous quality improvements in patient safety.
What Does Working with a PSO Provide?
- Privilege– With limited exceptions, the Act places “Patient Safety Work Product” beyond the reach of federal and state courts and administrative bodies, even if subpoenaed.
- Confidentiality– The Act places a burden upon providers and others not to disclose “Patient Safety Work Product,” absent a permissible disclosure, and imposes penalties for doing so.
Why Should I Participate with a PSO?
- Health Reform Requirement – All hospitals over 50 beds must maintain a Patient Safety Evaluation System by 2015 to participate in the state insurance.
- Improved Patient Safety– Encourages a culture of safety and quality throughout the health care system by raising standards and expectations for continuous quality improvement in the practice of evidence-based medicine.
- Greater Efficiency– Providers can share risk information to accelerate identification of patient safety trends and accelerate the speed with which solutions can be identified and best practices adopted.
- Prevention – By sharing quality data, a PSO will be able to identify patterns that could suggest underlying or systemic causes of patient risks and hazards to prevent their future occurrence and improve patient safety.
- Peer Review Protections– All licensed providers are covered by federal peer review protections.