A new AHRQ Views blog details how qualified health plans may work with Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs) to satisfy a new federal regulation under the Affordable Care Act. Qualified health plans can meet Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements by contracting with hospitals with more than 50 beds if those hospitals use a patient safety evaluation system (i.e., work with a PSO). AHRQ’s Jeff Brady, M.D., M.P.H., discusses the importance of hospitals working with PSOs to evaluate their patient safety practices, as well as reasons the new CMS regulation is likely to motivate more hospitals to join PSOs to evaluate and strengthen patient safety efforts. Read the blog post.
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