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Patient Safety Organizations: Voluntary Relinquishment From the Georgia Hospital Association Research and Education Foundation Patient Safety Organization (GHA-PSO)

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AGENCY:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS.

ACTION:

Notice of delisting.

SUMMARY:

AHRQ has accepted a notification of voluntary relinquishment from The Georgia Hospital Association Research and Education Foundation Patient Safety Organization (GHA-PSO) of its status as a Patient Safety Organization (PSO). The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (Patient Safety Act), Pub. L. 109-41, 42 U.S.C. 299b-21—b-26, 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.

DATES:

The directories for both listed and delisted PSOs are ongoing and reviewed weekly by AHRQ. The delisting was effective at 12:00 Midnight ET (2400) on December 6, 2011.

ADDRESSES:

Both directories can be accessed electronically at the following HHS Web site: http://www.pso.AHRQ.gov/​index.html.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Susan Grinder, Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, AHRQ, 540 Gaither Road, Rockville, MD 20850; 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.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

The Patient Safety Act authorizes the listing of PSOs, which are entities or component organizations whose mission and primary activity is to Start Printed Page 79193conduct 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 an organization from the list of federally approved PSOs. AHRQ has accepted a notification from The Georgia Hospital Association Research and Education Foundation Patient Safety Organization (GHA-PSO), PSO number P0057, which is a component entity of the Georgia Hospital Association Research and Education Foundation, to voluntarily relinquish its status as a PSO. Accordingly, The Georgia Hospital Association Research and Education Foundation Patient Safety Organization (GHA-PSO) was delisted effective at 12:00 Midnight ET (2400) on December 6, 2011.

More information on PSOs can be obtained through AHRQ's PSO Web site at http://www.pso.AHRQ.gov/​index.html.

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Dated: December 14, 2011.

Carolyn M. Clancy,

Director.

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[FR Doc. 2011-32579 Filed 12-20-11; 8:45 am]

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