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Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative named as one of 77 federal patient safety organizations nationwide

Designation signifies high quality and security in data collection and use

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative, a statewide initiative to improve quality and safety in operations performed in Michigan hospitals, is now listed as a Patient Safety Organization (PSO) by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), on behalf of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The designation, one of just three in Michigan and 77 nationally, denotes a high level of quality and security in the way MSQC gathers, analyzes and shares data in each of the 52 participating hospitals. Patient Safety Organizations are authorized by the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005, and maintain certain federal protections for confidentiality.

The Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative was founded in 2005 to examine and improve common surgical procedures, and develop best practices to reduce complications, improve outcomes and increase safety.  It is a partnership between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, a coordination center based at the University of Michigan Health System, and 52  Michigan hospitals.

“All of the hospitals that take part in MSQC, including U-M, have learned a great deal over the past eight years as we have worked together to understand the data, share best practices, and improve care,” says Darrell Campbell, Jr., M.D., MSQC Project Director and the chief medical officer for the U-M Health System and Professor of Surgery at the U-M Medical School. “This new designation recognizes the high level of performance of our coordinating center, and should help us bring even more hospitals into MSQC so we can expand the positive impact this effort is having on patient care in Michigan.”

The Patient Safety Organization designation fits well with the structure and learning environment of the Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative, as PSOs are designed to aggregate data across multiple health care provider groups.  The Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative already shares data among the 52 participating hospitals.  This helps identify issues quickly and allows hospitals to share best practices for reducing risk and improving quality.

“We know that clinicians and health care organizations want to participate in efforts to improve patient care, but they often are inhibited by fears of liability and sanctions,” said AHRQ Director Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D. “PSOs facilitate a shared-learning approach that supports effective interventions to reduce risk of harm to patients and improve quality.”

“The MSQC is one of 15 hospital collaborations the Michigan Blues support in partnership with more than 70 hospitals across Michigan,” says David Share, M.D., M.P.H., senior vice president, Value Partnerships, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. “These collaborations save lives and improve outcomes for patients by dramatically decreasing complication rates. Increasing the safety and outcomes of hospital care for over 200,000 patients in Michigan each year also saves valuable health care dollars, which helps to make care more affordable.”

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To see a list of MSQC participating hospitals, visit

To learn more about PSOs or to view an updated directory of all listed PSOs, visit the AHRQ PSO Web site at


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