Louisiana Alliance for Patient Safety - Patient Safety Organization (LAPS PSO) is an affiliate of the Louisiana Hospital Association, which strives to be a recognized leader in fostering collaborative efforts that result in effective health policy and a vibrant provider system for Louisiana.
LAPS PSO strives to foster its member hospitals and health systems (collectively referred to as Providers) to provide patient-centered healthcare that is safe, effective, efficient and equitable. Dedicated to conducting patient safety activities, LAPS PSO supports its providers in improving patient safety and the quality of healthcare delivery.
LAPS PSO is listed as a Patient Safety Organization with the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) (PSO Number PO186).
Floyd “Flip” Roberts, MD, FACP, FCCP
Executive Director/Medical Director
Louisiana Alliance for Patient Safety PSO
9521 Brookline Ave. BR, LA 70809
Office: 225-928-0026; Email Dr. Roberts
PSO FAQs from AHRQ
What is a PSO? A PSO is an entity or a component of another organization (component organization) that is listed by AHRQ based upon a self-attestation by the entity or component organization that it meets certain criteria established in the Patient Safety Rule. The primary activity of an entity or component organization seeking to be listed as a PSO must be to conduct activities to improve patient safety and health care quality. A PSO's workforce must have expertise in analyzing patient safety events, such as the identification, analysis, prevention, and reduction or elimination of the risks and hazards associated with the delivery of patient care. See Patient Safety Rule Section 3.102 for the complete list of requirements.
What are "patient safety activities"? There are eight patient safety activities that are carried out by, or on behalf of a PSO, or a health care provider:
- Efforts to improve patient safety and the quality of health care delivery
- The collection and analysis of patient safety work product (PSWP)
- The development and dissemination of information regarding patient safety, such as recommendations, protocols, or information regarding best practices
- The utilization of PSWP for the purposes of encouraging a culture of safety as well as providing feedback and assistance to effectively minimize patient risk
- The maintenance of procedures to preserve confidentiality with respect to PSWP
- The provision of appropriate security measures with respect to PSWP
- The utilization of qualified staff
- Activities related to the operation of a patient safety evaluation system and to the provision of feedback to participants in a patient safety evaluation system
The term "safety" refers to reducing risk from harm and injury, while the term "quality" suggests striving for excellence and value. By addressing common, preventable adverse events, a health care setting can become safer, thereby enhancing the quality of care delivered. PSOs create a secure environment where clinicians and health care organizations can collect, aggregate, and analyze data, thus identifying and reducing the risks and hazards associated with patient care and improving quality.
What organizations or individuals are eligible to work with a PSO? According to the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005, “provider” means an individual or entity licensed or otherwise authorized under state law to provide healthcare services, including a hospital, nursing facility, comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facility, home health agency, hospice program, renal dialysis facility, ambulatory surgical center, pharmacy, physician or healthcare practitioner's office, long term care facility, behavior health residential treatment facility, clinical laboratory, or health center. In addition, it includes physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, certified registered nurse anesthetist, certified nurse midwife, psychologist, certified social worker, registered dietitian or nutrition professional, physical or occupational therapist, pharmacist, or other individual healthcare practitioner.
Are any entities excluded from being listed as a PSO? The Patient Safety Act excludes a health insurance issuer or a component of a health insurance issuer from becoming a PSO. The Patient Safety Rule also excludes the following entities: regulatory agencies; organizations that serve as agents of regulatory agencies (e.g., entities that carry out inspections or audits for a regulatory agency); accreditation and licensure entities; and entities that administer a Federal, State, local, or tribal patient safety reporting system to which health care providers are required to report by law or regulation (see Patient Safety Rule Section 3.102(a)(2)).
What is the relationship between the Patient Safety Rule and the HIPAA Privacy Rule? PSWP may contain individually identifiable health information as defined in the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Health care providers that are HIPAA-covered entities must comply with the use disclosure exceptions for PSWP as well as the permissions and disclosure requirements concerning protected health information (PHI) set forth by the HIPAA Privacy Rule, as well as the limitations on the disclosure of information found in the Patient Safety Rule when disclosing PSWP. PSOs that are business associates of HIPAA-covered entities are subject to the limitations on the use and disclosure of PHI. Also, a PSO is a business associate of a HIPAA-covered provider subject to the business associate requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Rule.