NCAL Launches National Patient Safety Organization for Assisted Living

On November 21st, the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) announced forces with the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) to form the National Patient Safety Organization (PSO) for Assisted Living.  The PSO will electronically collect data from NCAL’s participating assisted living members on a range of clinical performance outcomes and processes.  The effort is the first of the profession’s kind to be carried out at a national level and will develop insightful reports highlighting the causes of patient safety events in assisted living settings.

NJHA’s Institute for Quality and Patient Safety is a federally designated PSO with certification from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).  Earlier this year, the NCAL Board of Directors voted to collaborate with NJHA’s PSO to collect important clinical performance data. This data included hospital readmissions, the off-label use of antipsychotics, medication errors, falls and fall assessments, pressure ulcers, and pain management, among other quality metrics.  By participating in the initiative, individual assisted living communities potentially could reduce their liability costs and exposures while contributing to national safety and quality efforts.

Sign up for the PSO now through the NJHA website.  NCAL aims for data collection to begin on January 1, 2014.