Can we use our hospitals’ existing safety event policies for our PSES?
-C.J. –A Hospital in Central California

We suggest that you review the Patient Safety Evaluation System (PSES) templates available to members on the CHPSO website. There are two versions: one concise and one thorough. If you choose to use these templates, we highly advise you review both of them and determine what works best for your facility. The PSES works alongside but does not replace existing policies you may have in place; however, it is possible to include information from existing policies or combine existing policies with the PSES policy.

By 2016, hospitals with greater than 50 licensed beds may receive inquiries from Qualified Health Plans (QHP) regarding your PSO participation and PSES status to comply with the anticipated CMS compliance deadline of January 1, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact

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