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PSOs


A DIFFERENT ANGLE


Partnering with a Patient Safety Organization provides an impor tant way to improve patient safety and drive down liability exposure. Thomas Piotrowski, executive director of Clarity PSO, looks back over the evolution of PSOs and gives his view of their future role.


the medical malpractice environment for more than 35 years, and have consistently operated on the fundamental premise that to best protect against allegations of medical negligence, healthcare providers must focus attention on quality and safety. No harm, no claim, period.


C Clarity was formed 12 years ago, and with that philosophy we have


worked diligently with our healthcare clients to adopt integrated RQS systems to modify behaviors and mitigate risk exposures across the entire system of care.


In 2005, the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act (PSQIA) was signed into being. Clarity watched the development of this act eagerly because  Among other provisions, the act outlined a system for the creation of Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs), whereby the open and transparent sharing of patient safety data would be used in order to help build a picture of national patient safety trends and awareness, and in exchange any data shared would  


       Clarity PSO. As a component PSO and independent operating division of  of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, on November 18, 2008, relisted for our second three-year term in November 2011, and recently relisted for a third three-year term.


We are proud to be a founding PSO in the patient safety movement


as well as serving the healthcare providers who contract with us for our 


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larity Group, Inc is a healthcare services company that specializes in the management of professional liability risk exposure through integrated risk-quality-safety (RQS) processes and tools. The principals at Clarity have worked in


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