AUSTIN (Feb. 13, 2013) — The Texas Center for Quality & Patient Safety has been designated as a Patient Safety Organization by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality on behalf of the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Established in 2010, TCQPS is a member of the Texas Hospital Association family of companies.
PSOs are designed to help clinicians, hospitals and health care organizations improve the care they deliver to patients by encouraging them to conduct quality and safety analyses. Through federal protections of legal privilege and confidentiality, which are 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.
“This designation is only the latest example of how the Texas Center for Quality & Patient Safety helps hospitals improve patient care and increase value in the services they provide to their communities,” said Dan Stultz, M.D., FACP, FACHE, THA president/chief executive officer. “Hospitals have to look for ways to improve care not only to better serve patients but also to ensure they remain fiscally sound in an evolving health care system where financial incentives are tied to quality improvement.”
PSOs also are designed to aggregate data across multiple health care provider groups, which will help identify issues quickly and allow improved early warning and communication about ways to reduce risk and improve quality. As de-identified data become available from PSOs, a network of patient safety databases will receive, analyze and report trend data nationally, which will be included in AHRQ’s annual National Healthcare Quality Report.
“This new scope of work adds to the quality and patient safety initiatives already underway in Texas hospitals through TCQPS collaboratives,” said Mitzi Ressmann, RN, FACHE, TCQPS executive director. “Texas hospitals are expressing a strong interest to be part of the TCQPS-PSO, and work has already begun to initiate the launch of the PSO with the involvement of several Texas hospitals.”
TCQPS-PSO plans to formally launch its first data collection work in March.
Learn more on the TCQPS website at www.TexasHospitalQuality.org. To view an updated directory of all listed PSOs, visit the AHRQ PSO website at www.pso.ahrq.gov.
About the Texas Hospital Association
Founded in 1930, the Texas Hospital Association is the leadership organization and principal advocate for the state’s hospitals and health care systems. Based in Austin, THA enhances its members’ abilities to improve accessibility, quality and cost-effectiveness of health care for all Texans. One of the largest hospital associations in the country, THA represents more than 85 percent of the state’s acute-care hospitals and health care systems, which employ some 369,000 health care professionals statewide. Learn more about THA at www.tha.org or follow THA on Twitter @texashospitals.
About the Texas Center for Quality & Patient Safety
The Texas Center for Quality & Patient Safety, formed in 2010 as an initiative of the Texas Hospital Association’s 501(c)3 foundation, brings together hospitals, state and national patient safety experts, and evidence-based best practices to improve patient safety and reduce costs by enhancing the quality of care delivered. Learn more at www.texashospitalquality.org