Quality Quarterly

CHPSO Expands to 19 States

CHPSO was established by the California Hospital Association (CHA) in 2009. The longest-listed patient safety organization (PSO) in the United States, CHPSO is also one of the largest — it began in California, and over the years added members in Arizona, Hawaii, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. In the last quarter of 2019 and into early 2020, CHPSO will see a major expansion to a total of 19 states and nearly 550 members. The vast majority of CHPSO facilities are acute care facilities, but CHPSO members also include ambulatory clinics, home health agencies, hospice care providers, and specialty hospitals.

As CHPSO membership grows, so will the CHPSO database. CHPSO currently has nearly 2.5 million safety event reports that it utilizes to provide feedback to members via safe tables, newsletter articles, alerts, custom research, and periodic reports. We anticipate that 2020 will bring one of the biggest single-year increases in the number of event reports that CHPSO receives. The chart below outlines increases in reported events over the past year. 

With the vast number of potential members, new members, and current members with renewed interest in PSO participation, CHPSO has seen a significant increase in the number of organizations seeking out education and support regarding PSOs, the value PSOs provide, and how to go about adapting their patient safety-related activities to maximize the value of PSO participation. To meet these educational needs and ensure health care providers are knowledgeable about PSO participation, CHPSO will continue to offer free educational webinars on a variety of topics. For a list of upcoming events as well as archived webinars, visit hqinstitute.org/webinars/. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Contact us to request new content.