Making Sense of the PSO Privilege Post HHS Guidance

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Provided by MHA Health Institute
Health Institute

Date & Location

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Courtyard by Marriott
3301 LeMone Industrial Blvd.
Columbia, Mo.

Register on or before Thursday, June 29.

This seminar is complimentary for MHA/VizientTM PSO hospital participants. Only participants who have a signed PSO agreement can attend.

Registration includes lunch, refreshments and electronic access to program materials.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Cancellations received after Thursday, July 6 and no shows will be charged $50.

Hotel Reservations

Group code: PSOA
Room rate: $114 + tax
Hotel cut-off date: Wednesday, June 14


patient safety officers, risk managers, legal counsel and quality directors


Recent U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ guidance has created uncertainty surrounding patient safety work product protections. Conflicting legal decisions around the country interpreting the Patient Safety Quality Improvement Act and its regulations also have left providers unsure of how to obtain maximum protection of quality improvement data. This seminar will examine protections under Missouri state law, interpret and apply cases and HHS guidance, and provide practical advice for using a PSO to analyze and protect data. Attendees will have a better understanding of the means they can employ to maximize the PSWP privilege and improve quality and safety within their facility.


8:45 a.m. — Registration

9:15 a.m. — Welcome, Review Goals and Objectives

9:30 a.m. — Missouri State Law Peer Review Protections

Jane Drummond, J.D.
General Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs
Missouri Hospital Association
Jefferson City

10:30 a.m. — Break

10:45 a.m. — Missouri Mandatory State Reporting and Other External Record Keeping Obligations

Jane Drummond, J.D.
Ellen M. Flynn, J.D., MBA, R.N.
Associate Vice President of Programs, Safety and Accreditation

11:45 a.m. — Lunch (provided)

12:45 p.m. — HHS Guidance Regarding PSWP and Providers Extremal Obligations: What are the benefits of working with a PSO?

Ellen M. Flynn, J.D., MBA, R.N.

1:45 p.m. — Analysis of Current PSO Case Law

Jane Drummond, J.D.

2:30 p.m. — Next Steps for VizientTM PSO Members

Ellen M. Flynn, J.D., MBA, R.N.

3:30 p.m. — Adjournment


Jane Drummond, J.D.
General Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs
Missouri Hospital Association
Jefferson City

Jane Drummond joined MHA in 2014 as the General Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs. Drummond provides a full range of legal support to MHA, its related organizations and boards. Her duties include health care compliance, corporate advice and judicial advocacy. Drummond also serves as liaison to a variety of legal professional groups involved in health care law and policy.

Drummond graduated from the University of Missouri School of Law in 2001. Since then, she has largely worked in the public policy arena, while gaining additional experience in private practice. She began her legal career as a health and employment law associate at Husch and Eppenberger (now Husch Blackwell). Based on her health law experience, she was appointed to the position of General Counsel for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services under Governor Matt Blunt. Drummond later served in that same capacity in the governor’s office. In 2007, Governor Blunt appointed her to serve as the director of the DHSS, a cabinet-level position which she held through the end of the Blunt administration. Drummond re-entered private practice in 2009, joining the Jefferson City firm of Schreimann, Rackers, Francka & Blunt. While there, she focused on employment-related services and litigation, largely for public entities.

Ellen M. Flynn, J.D., MBA, R.N.
Associate Vice President of Programs, Safety and Accreditation

Ellen Flynn is currently the Associate Vice President of Patient Safety and Accreditation Programs for the UHC Safety Intelligence® PSO. Previously, she held the position of director of quality at UHC. Flynn has more than 30 years of health care experience and has managed quality, safety and patient experience departments in large academic medical centers and health systems, including Rush System for Health, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Universal Health Services. Before returning to UHC, she was the manager of Health Industries Advisory Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Flynn has a juris doctor degree from Loyola University School of Law, an MBA in management information systems from DePaul University and a bachelor of science in nursing from Loyola University.

Continuing Education

Participants must attend the program in its entirety and complete an evaluation to receive continuing education credits.

All participants will receive a certificate of attendance for 5 clock hours.