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Adverse events happen. The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act creates opportunities to reduce these unfortunate events. Under the Federal Protection you can:

  • Share information and compare experiences with other providers
  • Learn best practices to fix your specific problems
  • Take action to protect your patients—and your bottom line

Comprehensive resources to identify risk and drive patient safety improvement

It’s not just the information you put into a PSO, it’s the quality of information, analysis, advice, and support you get out of your PSO that will allow you to take full advantage of the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act—and give you the strong return-on-investment that you want for your organization, and your patients.

ECRI Institute PSO Plus helps you get your patient safety goals moving faster—save time, drive change, reduce lost revenue—without the staff hours required to create a program from scratch. PSO Plus lets you maximize your resources to:

  • Investigate issues and determine a plan for improvement with interactive assessments, independent review of root cause analyses, and more
  • Research potential solutions and guidance in a comprehensive evidence library and custom research support
  • Build a compelling business case for patient safety including audits, impact, effectiveness, affordability, and feasibility
  • Implement change with customizable tools and best practices
  • Measure and monitor results through paper and interactive auditing
  • Support change and maintain progress with educational programs and Continuing Medical Education

Deep and broad resources allow you to pick up speed

Tour our capabilities, or better yet, call our staff to learn how ECRI Institute PSO Plus can help you and your organization meet your goals.

  • Call us at (610) 825-6000, ext. 5558 or e-mail pso@ecri.org.

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  • ​Our members have told me ‘I joined for the protections but find the feedback to be the most useful.’

    Bill Bell, General Counsel, Florida Hospital Association, Director, The Patient Safety Organization of Florida

 Event reporting, tools, analyses, and strategies

ECRI Institute PSO Plus helps you get your patient safety goals moving faster—save time, drive change, reduce lost revenue—without the staff hours required to create a program from scratch.

  • Identify and prioritize riskseach membership includes the opportunity to easily and confidentially assess key clinical areas—including high risk areas and those that impact readmissions—plus an electronic AHRQ Culture of Safety survey. Bottom line—each assessment will help you prioritize your efforts on the areas that have the greatest opportunity for improvement.
  • Best practicesindependent review of your root cause analyses with actionable feedback from our staff of clinical experts. Custom research requests for personal service to help you face your unique needs. Access to hundreds of comprehensive, research-based guidance and best practices. New topics are addressed every week in newsletters and publications based on member requests, trends in healthcare, and issues identified by submitted reports from member facilities.
  • Implementation toolsevidence-based resources and patient safety tool kits aid in identifying and resolving system flaws common to healthcare. From cross cutting issues like hand-off communication and culture of safety to critical care, implement change with Guidance for Patient Safety Toolkits.
  • Educationwebinars, customizable training tools, and Contnuing Medical Education (CME/CE). Designate education programs as part of new staff orientation or ongoing medical staff training to drive your progress. All training and CME topics are based on high priority patient safety risks as identified by member requests, submitted event data, and current trends in healthcare.

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 Our PSO is One of the Largest

​ECRI Institute PSO membership is ever growing and is one of the largest in the United States:
  • Support of PSOs in Michigan, Florida, Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, California, and Virginia, plus Midwest Alliance, Quality Alliance PSO, Child Health PSO, and reporting in the District of Columbia.
  • Support of several RRG PSOs
  • Direct members from across the healthcare continuum in over 80% of US States

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ECRI Institute Calls for Preservation of AHRQ Fundinghttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts070115_ECRI.aspxECRI Institute Calls for Preservation of AHRQ Funding2015-07-01T00:00:00Z​The U.S. House Appropriations Committee has approved a bill that would defund the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ); this bill must now be approved by the House and Senate.
Study Associates Room Transfers with Delirium among Elderly, Recommends Reorientation Strategieshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts070115_Study.aspxStudy Associates Room Transfers with Delirium among Elderly, Recommends Reorientation Strategies2015-07-01T00:00:00Z​A greater number of room transfers per patient days was strongly associated with new-onset delirium within the first week of hospitalization among elderly medical patients, according to the results of a study published in the June 25, 2015, issue of BMC Geriatrics.
Bundles to Reduce Surgical Site Infections Supported by Evidence, Appear Cost-Effectivehttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts062415_Bundles.aspxBundles to Reduce Surgical Site Infections Supported by Evidence, Appear Cost-Effective2015-06-24T00:00:00Z​Surgical care bundles can significantly reduce the incidence of surgical site infections, according to a meta-analysis published in the July 2015 Surgery.
ECRI Institute Endorses NPSF RCA Guidelines Emphasizing Importance of Implementing and Measuring “Actions”https://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts062415_ECRI.aspxECRI Institute Endorses NPSF RCA Guidelines Emphasizing Importance of Implementing and Measuring “Actions”2015-06-24T00:00:00Z​ECRI Institute has endorsed new root-cause analysis (RCA) guidelines published by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) to help healthcare organizations improve the way that they investigate adverse events and near misses.
Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations, 2015https://www.ecri.org/components/PSOCore/Pages/Webinar_TopTenPatientSafetyConcerns.aspxTop 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations, 20152015-06-18T00:00:00Z​PSO Webinar, June 18, 2015, Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations. This webinar reviews the 2015 ECRI Institute PSO Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns to share how improving systems and processes can reduce the risk of harms that these safety concerns identify.
AHRQ Commentary Explores How Cognitive Biases Contribute to Diagnostic Errorhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts061715_AHRQ.aspxAHRQ Commentary Explores How Cognitive Biases Contribute to Diagnostic Error2015-06-17T00:00:00Z​Common cognitive biases often contribute to diagnostic errors and can result in preventable harm to patients, states the author of a commentary from the June 2015 edition of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) online case study review, WebM&M.
As More Physicians Seek Employment, Consider Possible ADA Ramificationshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts061715_As.aspxAs More Physicians Seek Employment, Consider Possible ADA Ramifications2015-06-17T00:00:00Z​With more physicians choosing to be employed by large organizations rather than to work as solo practitioners, there will likely be more challenges under ADA regarding an employer's treatment of an impaired or allegedly impaired physician, says a commentary in the June 9, 2015, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Simulation, Not Workshop, Effective in Teaching Surgeons Nontechnical Skills, Especially for Traineeshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts061715_Simulation.aspxSimulation, Not Workshop, Effective in Teaching Surgeons Nontechnical Skills, Especially for Trainees2015-06-17T00:00:00Z​The provision of formal training in nontechnical skills improved surgeons' nontechnical performance in a simulated surgical environment, according to the results of a study published in the July 2015 issue of Surgery.
CMS Issues Final Rule Amending Medicare Shared Savings Plan ACO Provisionshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts061015_CMS.aspxCMS Issues Final Rule Amending Medicare Shared Savings Plan ACO Provisions2015-06-10T00:00:00Z​The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a final rule amending provisions of the Medicare Shared Savings Program related to accountable care organizations (ACOs).
Readmission Predictors Change with Time after Discharge, ED Revisits Can Cost More Than Visits, Studies Findhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts061015_Readmission.aspxReadmission Predictors Change with Time after Discharge, ED Revisits Can Cost More Than Visits, Studies Find2015-06-10T00:00:00Z​Predictors of the need for readmission to the hospital following discharge change throughout the first 30 days and may require different prevention strategies, according to the results of a study published in the June 2, 2015, issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.
Readmissions: Studies Assess Effect of Penalties on Disadvantaged Patients, Explore Causeshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts060315_Readmissions.aspxReadmissions: Studies Assess Effect of Penalties on Disadvantaged Patients, Explore Causes2015-06-03T00:00:00Z​If Medicare's hospital readmissions reduction program was expanded to include cardiac surgery, hospitals serving predominantly minority patient populations would bear a disproportionate amount of penalties, possibly affecting their ability to care for disadvantaged patients, concludes a study published in the June 2015 issue of Annals of Surgery.
Tort Reform versus Quality Improvement Measures: Equally Effective?https://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts060315_Tort.aspxTort Reform versus Quality Improvement Measures: Equally Effective?2015-06-03T00:00:00Z​Although Texas tort reform caps caused a significant initial decrease in medical liability claims per quarter, Louisiana quality improvement measures demonstrated similarly decreased liability claims without increased financial burden, reports a study in the May-June 2015 American Journal of Medical Quality.
ECRI Institute’s Device Evaluation Work Featured in Inquirer Profilehttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts052715_ECRI.aspxECRI Institute’s Device Evaluation Work Featured in Inquirer Profile2015-05-27T00:00:00Z​ECRI Institute's work evaluating medical devices and providing guidance on making healthcare safer are featured in a May 24, 2015, Philadelphia Inquirer article.
Interagency Collaboration Needed to Ensure Efficient Use of Funds for Community-Based Serviceshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts052715_Interagency.aspxInteragency Collaboration Needed to Ensure Efficient Use of Funds for Community-Based Services2015-05-27T00:00:00Z​GAO recommends that HHS facilitate the development of a cross-agency federal strategy to ensure that federal resources for home- and community-based services for older adults are used efficiently and effectively, states a May 20, 2015, GAO report.
Pediatric Concepts Could Minimize Shock of Hospitalization for Adults, Reduce Readmissionshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts052015_Pediatric.aspxPediatric Concepts Could Minimize Shock of Hospitalization for Adults, Reduce Readmissions2015-05-20T00:00:00Z​The strategies and concepts used in pediatric hospitals to help diminish the shock of hospitalization could be adapted for use in adult care settings to make the hospital environment a more healing and supportive place, posits an opinion piece published in the May 19, 2015, issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.
Covert Recording of Clinical Encounters by Patients Triggers Strong Reactionshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts052015_Covert.aspxCovert Recording of Clinical Encounters by Patients Triggers Strong Reactions2015-05-20T00:00:00Z​The growing phenomenon of patients covertly recording clinical encounters is generating strong reactions, both positive and negative, according to a recent analysis of articles and online posts about the issue published between 2006 and 2013.
CMS Publishes Strategic Vision for Its Physician Quality Reporting Programshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts051315_CMS.aspxCMS Publishes Strategic Vision for Its Physician Quality Reporting Programs2015-05-13T00:00:00Z​The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has published a strategic vision to guide how it plans for the future administration of the physician quality reporting programs.
Register Now for ECRI Institute’s Evidence Workshop on Diagnostic Technologies: July 14-15, 2015https://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts051315_Register.aspxRegister Now for ECRI Institute’s Evidence Workshop on Diagnostic Technologies: July 14-15, 20152015-05-13T00:00:00Z​Trying to determine which of the thousands of diagnostic technologies out there have clinical utility and provide the greatest value? Bulk up your knowledge of this complex and evolving field at our on-site workshop, Evidence Boot Camp II Diagnostic Technologies and Genetic Tests.
Telemedicine: Hurdles Now, Potential Improvements Laterhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts050615_Telemedicine.aspxTelemedicine: Hurdles Now, Potential Improvements Later2015-05-06T00:00:00Z​The novelty of telemedicine technology and its applications make it difficult to estimate its long-ranging effects on the practice of medicine. Telemedicine can improve access to care and lower costs, notes a perspective in the April 30, 2015, New England Journal of Medicine; however, its effectiveness depends on the skill of those using it
AHRQ Commentary Examines Errors in Sepsis Managementhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts050615_AHRQ.aspxAHRQ Commentary Examines Errors in Sepsis Management2015-05-06T00:00:00Z​The initial treatment for severe sepsis requires early administration of appropriate broad-spectrum antibiotic therapy based on local resistance patterns and organism prevalence, states the author of a commentary from the May 2015 edition of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) online case study review, WebM&M.
Wandering and Elopement: Brochure for Residents and Family Membershttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRC/Documents/LongTmPol30.pdfWandering and Elopement: Brochure for Residents and Family Members2015-05-01T00:00:00Z​Aging services organizations that are home to people who wander or are at risk for elopement should talk about wandering and elopement not only with those who wander but also with those who do not wander, as well as their family members. Elopement prevention is an important reason to discuss these issues, but it is not the only one. Discussions may prepare residents and family members who may be unused to seeing wandering behavior in others, and because residents may begin wandering after moving in, discussions might invite more conversation about past or current behaviors.
Clinical Decision Support Shows Promise in Reducing Inappropriate Diagnostic Imaginghttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts042915_Clinical.aspxClinical Decision Support Shows Promise in Reducing Inappropriate Diagnostic Imaging2015-04-29T00:00:00Z​The use of computerized clinical decision support integrated into electronic health records can moderately improve the appropriate use of diagnostic radiology and decrease use by a small amount, according to the results of a study published in the April 21, 2015, issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.
Hospital ED Readiness to Care for Pediatric Patients Improving but Some Gaps Remainhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts042215_Hospital.aspxHospital ED Readiness to Care for Pediatric Patients Improving but Some Gaps Remain2015-04-22T00:00:00Z​Hospital emergency departments (EDs) are better prepared to care for children than they were in previous years, according to a web-based assessment of more than 4,100 EDs in the United States; however, there is still room to improve both the availability of pediatric-specific equipment and disaster planning to address children's needs.
CMS FY 2016 Hospital IPPS Proposed Rule Sets Payment Rates, Refines Quality Programshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts042215_CMS.aspxCMS FY 2016 Hospital IPPS Proposed Rule Sets Payment Rates, Refines Quality Programs2015-04-22T00:00:00Z​The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a proposed rule outlining the changes to its hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) for fiscal year (FY) 2016.
Proposal Aligns EHR Incentive Program Reporting with Calendar Year, Modifies Stage 2 Requirementshttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts041515_Proposal.aspxProposal Aligns EHR Incentive Program Reporting with Calendar Year, Modifies Stage 2 Requirements2015-04-15T00:00:00Z​The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued a proposed rule to align the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program's 90-day reporting period with the calendar year for 2015 and 2016.
Studies Examine Effects of Critical Illness on Functional Decline and Hospital Readmissionhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts041515_Studies.aspxStudies Examine Effects of Critical Illness on Functional Decline and Hospital Readmission2015-04-15T00:00:00Z​Two studies in the April 2015 JAMA Internal Medicine examine the effects of critical illness on the functional status of older adults.
Ward-Level Antibiotic Exposure Associated with Increased C. difficile Infection Riskhttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts040815_Ward.aspxWard-Level Antibiotic Exposure Associated with Increased C. difficile Infection Risk2015-04-08T00:00:00Z​Ward-level antibiotic prescribing is associated with a statistically significant and clinically relevant increase in Clostridium difficile risk, according to the results of a study published in the April 2015 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine.
Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert: Safe Use of Health IThttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts040115_Joint.aspxJoint Commission Sentinel Event Alert: Safe Use of Health IT2015-04-01T00:00:00Z​As healthcare information technology (IT) adoption spreads and becomes a critical component of organizational infrastructure, the potential for health IT–related harm will likely increase unless risk-reducing measures are put into place, warns a March 31, 2015, Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert.
Patient Safety Top 10, 2015https://www.ecri.org/components/HRC/Pages/HRCTop10Resources.aspxPatient Safety Top 10, 20152015-04-01T00:00:00Z​Healthcare Risk Control (HRC) members have access to guidance, tools, and more to help with every one of the Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations 2015. Use this list to find key members-only resources.
Web-Based Approaches to Advance Care Planning May Improve End-of-Life Decision Makinghttps://www.ecri.org/components/HRCAlerts/Pages/HRCAlerts032515_Web.aspxWeb-Based Approaches to Advance Care Planning May Improve End-of-Life Decision Making2015-03-25T00:00:00Z​Citing an Institute of Medicine (IOM) report that is critical of current approaches to end-of-life care, the authors of a viewpoint article in the March 17, 2015, Journal of the American Medical Association propose web-based approaches to improve advance care planning.

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