The State of Texas is taking additional steps to improve the safety and quality of healthcare delivery for more than 4,200 individuals with developmental disabilities who currently receive services and supports in its thirteen state supported living centers (SSLCs). The Federal Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (Patient Safety Act) authorized the creation of PSOs to improve the quality and safety of U.S. healthcare delivery. The Patient Safety Act encourages clinicians and health care organizations to voluntarily report and share quality and patient safety information to PSOs in return for federal confidentiality and privilege protection for submitted data. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) will be working with the Quantros Patient Safety Center (QPSC) to conduct independent mortality reviews and make recommendations to State Agencies, the Governor and the State Legislature on improving quality and safety for individuals receiving services in these state-operated facilities. QPSC is a component PSO of Quantros, Inc., a leading healthcare software and services provider of data management, decision support analytics, and clinical business intelligence solutions in the areas of patient safety, quality, accreditation and regulatory compliance. Quantros is creating a customized reporting and review system for deaths occurring in the SSLCs. The SSLCs will be required to report deaths to the PSO under legislation passed during the 81 st session of the Texas Legislature in 2009. Reviews will be conducted by HealthWatch PSO, a component of Quality Health Strategies, Inc., and a Quantros strategic partner. “Two states in the country, Missouri and Texas, are currently mandating PSO participation and both work with us,” said Jay Lechtman, vice president of consulting and program development for Quantros. “It’s gratifying that both our PSO and our PSO technology are being chosen by the states that are innovating in the use of this federal law to improve healthcare quality and safety.” About the Quantros Patient Safety Center The Quantros Patient Safety Center (QPSC) www.quantros.com/pscenter.html is a national, federally-listed, component PSO. About Quantros Quantros is a leading software and services provider to the healthcare industry. Its data management, decision support analytics and clinical business intelligence solutions support the healthcare industry in the areas of safety and risk management, quality and performance improvement, outcomes monitoring, accreditation and compliance. Through its industry-leading PSO Manager (PSOM™) application, Quantros powers PSOs in North Carolina, Missouri, California and Maryland. In addition, Quantros developed the technology platform for the state of Vermont to submit adverse event data to their Department of Health. The capacity to submit required data to the states of New York, Pennsylvania Florida and Kansas is embedded in the Quantros Safety and Risk Manager (SRM) adverse event reporting and management application.
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