Patient Safety Organizations: Voluntary Relinquishment From Healthcare Improvement, Inc. PSO, 4805 [2019-02642]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 33 / Tuesday, February 19, 2019 / Notices services, reviewing stakeholder comments, drafting final recommendation documents, and participating in workgroups on specific topics and methods. Members can expect to receive frequent emails, can expect to participate in multiple conference calls each month, and can expect to have periodic interaction with stakeholders. AHRQ estimates that members devote approximately 200 hours a year outside of in-person meetings to their USPSTF duties. The members are all volunteers and do not receive any compensation beyond support for travel to in person meetings. Francis D. Chesley, Jr., Acting Deputy Director. [FR Doc. 2019–02643 Filed 2–15–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4160–90–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Patient Safety Organizations: Voluntary Relinquishment From Healthcare Improvement, Inc. PSO Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). ACTION: Notice of delisting. AGENCY: The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Final Rule (Patient Safety Rule) authorizes AHRQ, on behalf of the Secretary of HHS, to list as a patient safety organization (PSO) an entity that attests that it meets the statutory and regulatory requirements for listing. A PSO can be ‘‘delisted’’ by the Secretary if it is found to no longer meet the requirements of the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (Patient Safety Act) and Patient Safety Rule, when a PSO chooses to voluntarily relinquish its status as a PSO for any reason, or when a PSO’s listing expires. AHRQ has accepted a notification of voluntary relinquishment from the Healthcare Improvement, Inc. PSO, PSO number P0123, of its status as a PSO, and has delisted the PSO accordingly. DATES: The delisting was applicable at 12:00 Midnight ET (2400) on December 31, 2018. ADDRESSES: The directories for both listed and delisted PSOs are ongoing tkelley on DSKBCP9HB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:46 Feb 15, 2019 Jkt 247001 and reviewed weekly by AHRQ. Both directories can be accessed electronically at the following HHS website: http://www.pso.ahrq.gov/listed. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cathryn Bach, Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, AHRQ, 5600 Fishers Lane, MS 06N100B, Rockville, MD 20857; Telephone (toll free): (866) 403–3697; Telephone (local): (301) 427–1111; TTY (toll free): (866) 438–7231; TTY (local): (301) 427–1130; Email: pso@ahrq.hhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The Patient Safety Act, 42 U.S.C. 299b–21 to 299b–26, and the related Patient Safety Rule, 42 CFR part 3, published in the Federal Register on November 21, 2008, 73 FR 70732– 70814, establish a framework by which individuals and entities that meet the definition of provider in the Patient Safety Rule may voluntarily report information to PSOs listed by AHRQ, on a privileged and confidential basis, for the aggregation and analysis of patient safety events. The Patient Safety Act authorizes the listing of PSOs, which are entities or component organizations whose mission and primary activity are to conduct activities to improve patient safety and the quality of health care delivery. HHS issued the Patient Safety Rule to implement the Patient Safety Act. AHRQ administers the provisions of the Patient Safety Act and Patient Safety Rule relating to the listing and operation of PSOs. The Patient Safety Rule authorizes AHRQ to list as a PSO an entity that attests that it meets the statutory and regulatory requirements for listing. A PSO can be ‘‘delisted’’ if it is found to no longer meet the requirements of the Patient Safety Act and Patient Safety Rule, when a PSO chooses to voluntarily relinquish its status as a PSO for any reason, or when a PSO’s listing expires. Section 3.108(d) of the Patient Safety Rule requires AHRQ to provide public notice when it removes an organization from the list of federally approved PSOs. AHRQ has accepted a notification from Healthcare Improvement, Inc. PSO, a component entity of Inspirien Insurance Company, to voluntarily relinquish its status as a PSO. Accordingly, Healthcare Improvement, Inc. PSO, P0123, was delisted effective PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4805 at 12:00 Midnight ET (2400) on December 31, 2018. Healthcare Improvement, Inc. PSO has patient safety work product (PSWP) in its possession. The PSO will meet the requirements of section 3.108(c)(2)(i) of the Patient Safety Rule regarding notification to providers that have reported to the PSO and of section 3.108(c)(2)(ii) regarding disposition of PSWP consistent with section 3.108(b)(3). According to section 3.108(b)(3) of the Patient Safety Rule, the PSO has 90 days from the effective date of delisting and revocation to complete the disposition of PSWP that is currently in the PSO’s possession. More information on PSOs can be obtained through AHRQ’s PSO website at http://www.pso.ahrq.gov. Francis D. Chesley, Jr., Acting Deputy Director. [FR Doc. 2019–02642 Filed 2–15–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4160–90–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [CMS–9112–N] Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Quarterly Listing of Program Issuances—October Through December 2018 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS. AGENCY: ACTION: Notice. 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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Patient Safety Organizations: Voluntary Relinquishment From 
Healthcare Improvement, Inc. PSO

AGENCY: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Department 
of Health and Human Services (HHS).

ACTION: Notice of delisting.

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SUMMARY: The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Final Rule (Patient 
Safety Rule) authorizes AHRQ, on behalf of the Secretary of HHS, to 
list as a patient safety organization (PSO) an entity that attests that 
it meets the statutory and regulatory requirements for listing. A PSO 
can be ``delisted'' by the Secretary if it is found to no longer meet 
the requirements of the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 
2005 (Patient Safety Act) and Patient Safety Rule, when a PSO chooses 
to voluntarily relinquish its status as a PSO for any reason, or when a 
PSO's listing expires. AHRQ has accepted a notification of voluntary 
relinquishment from the Healthcare Improvement, Inc. PSO, PSO number 
P0123, of its status as a PSO, and has delisted the PSO accordingly.

DATES: The delisting was applicable at 12:00 Midnight ET (2400) on 
December 31, 2018.

ADDRESSES: The directories for both listed and delisted PSOs are 
ongoing and reviewed weekly by AHRQ. Both directories can be accessed 
electronically at the following HHS website: http://www.pso.ahrq.gov/listed.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cathryn Bach, Center for Quality 
Improvement and Patient Safety, AHRQ, 5600 Fishers Lane, MS 06N100B, 
Rockville, MD 20857; Telephone (toll free): (866) 403-3697; Telephone 
(local): (301) 427-1111; TTY (toll free): (866) 438-7231; TTY (local): 
(301) 427-1130; Email: pso@ahrq.hhs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    The Patient Safety Act, 42 U.S.C. 299b-21 to 299b-26, and the 
related Patient Safety Rule, 42 CFR part 3, published in the Federal 
Register on November 21, 2008, 73 FR 70732-70814, establish a framework 
by which individuals and entities that meet the definition of provider 
in the Patient Safety Rule may voluntarily report information to PSOs 
listed by AHRQ, on a privileged and confidential basis, for the 
aggregation and analysis of patient safety events.
    The Patient Safety Act authorizes the listing of PSOs, which are 
entities or component organizations whose mission and primary activity 
are to conduct activities to improve patient safety and the quality of 
health care delivery.
    HHS issued the Patient Safety Rule to implement the Patient Safety 
Act. AHRQ administers the provisions of the Patient Safety Act and 
Patient Safety Rule relating to the listing and operation of PSOs. The 
Patient Safety Rule authorizes AHRQ to list as a PSO an entity that 
attests that it meets the statutory and regulatory requirements for 
listing. A PSO can be ``delisted'' if it is found to no longer meet the 
requirements of the Patient Safety Act and Patient Safety Rule, when a 
PSO chooses to voluntarily relinquish its status as a PSO for any 
reason, or when a PSO's listing expires. Section 3.108(d) of the 
Patient Safety Rule requires AHRQ to provide public notice when it 
removes an organization from the list of federally approved PSOs.
    AHRQ has accepted a notification from Healthcare Improvement, Inc. 
PSO, a component entity of Inspirien Insurance Company, to voluntarily 
relinquish its status as a PSO. Accordingly, Healthcare Improvement, 
Inc. PSO, P0123, was delisted effective at 12:00 Midnight ET (2400) on 
December 31, 2018.
    Healthcare Improvement, Inc. PSO has patient safety work product 
(PSWP) in its possession. The PSO will meet the requirements of section 
3.108(c)(2)(i) of the Patient Safety Rule regarding notification to 
providers that have reported to the PSO and of section 3.108(c)(2)(ii) 
regarding disposition of PSWP consistent with section 3.108(b)(3). 
According to section 3.108(b)(3) of the Patient Safety Rule, the PSO 
has 90 days from the effective date of delisting and revocation to 
complete the disposition of PSWP that is currently in the PSO's 
possession.
    More information on PSOs can be obtained through AHRQ's PSO website 
at http://www.pso.ahrq.gov.

Francis D. Chesley, Jr.,
Acting Deputy Director.
[FR Doc. 2019-02642 Filed 2-15-19; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4160-90-P