Federal Register: September 17, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 180)
DOCID: fr17se10-112 FR Doc 2010-23077
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
DOCUMENT ACTION: Notice of delisting.
Patient Safety Organizations: Voluntary Delisting
DATES: The directories for both listed and delisted PSOs are ongoing and reviewed weekly by AHRQ. The delisting was effective at 12 Midnight ET (2400) on May 25, 2010.
AHRQ has accepted a notification of voluntary relinquishment from the Coalition for Quality and Patient Safety of Chicagoland (CQPS) of its status as a Patient Safety Organization (PSO). The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (Patient Safety Act), Public Law 10941, 42 U.S.C. 299b21b26, provides for the formation of PSOs, which collect, aggregate, and analyze confidential information regarding the quality and safety of health care delivery. The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Final Rule (Patient Safety Rule), 42 CFR Part 3, authorizes AHRQ, on behalf of the Secretary of HHS, to list as a 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 Act and Patient Safety Rule, including when a PSO chooses to voluntarily relinquish its status as a PSO for any reason.
Patient Safety Organizations; Voluntary Delisting
The Patient Safety Act authorizes the listing of PSOs, which are entities or component organizations whose mission and primary activity is 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 (PDF file, 450 KB PDF Help) relating to the listing and operation of PSOs. Section 3.108(d) of the Patient Safety Rule requires AHRQ to provide public notice when it removes a PSO from listing. AHRQ has accepted a notification from the Coalition for Quality and Patient Safety of Chicagoland (CQPS), PSO number P0027, to voluntarily relinquish its status as a component PSO of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago. COPS' notification stated that the Institute of Medicine of Chicago has relinquished its ownership of CQPS and transferred all of its assets to a successor organization, Project Patient Care, Inc. Accordingly, CQPS was delisted effective 12 Midnight ET (2400) on May 25, 2010. AHRQ has received and accepted certification from the Coalition for Quality and Patient Safety of Chicagoland PSO (CQPS PSO), PSO Number P0090, for listing as a component PSO of Project Patient Care, Inc. The listing was effective at 12:01 a.m. ET (2401) on May 26, 2010.
More information on PSOs can be obtained through AHRQ's PSO Web
site at http://www.pso.AHRQ.gov/index.html. [[Page 57049]]
Dated: September 3, 2010.
Carolyn M. Clancy,
[FR Doc. 201023077 Filed 91610; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 416090M
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
Diane Cousins, RPh., Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, AHRQ, 540 Gaither Road, Rockville, MD 20850; Telephone (toll free): (866) 4033697; Telephone (local): (301) 4271111; TTY (toll free): (866) 4387231; TTY (local): (301) 4271130; Email: pso@AHRQ.hhs.gov.