The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality named Premier’s patient-safety organization in its official PSO listing.
As an AHRQ designee, Premier will be able to collect, report and share patient-safety data for providers that voluntarily participate. The group purchasing and quality network said its patient-safety organization is categorized as a “component PSO,” which means Premier has to establish a firewall between its main operations and the privileged information collected as work product through its PSO. In addition, the Premier PSO must be named as a covered entity, per the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, by the institutions that use its services.
More than 50 organizations are now designated as PSOs, according to the AHRQ, which oversees the program.