Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety


What is the Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety?
The Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety (MAPS) is a patient safety organization (PSO)

  • Sponsored by the Illinois Hospital Association (IHA)
  • A Separate 501(c)(3) organization
  • Certified by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in April 2010

Can my organization join MAPS if we are already a part of a specialty PSO? 

  • Yes, MAPS annual participation fees based on net patient revenue.
  • 3-year contracts

How would you describe the MAPS PSO membership?
Membership is composed of 49 Midwestern organizations:

  • Hospitals and Hospital Systems
  • Critical Access Hospitals
  • Physicians Groups
  • Skilled Nursing/LTC
  • Specialty Outpatient

What is the benefit to belonging to a PSO?
Read about the role of the Agency for Healthcare and Research Quality (AHRQ) and it's national agenda

What are the benefits to joining the MAPS PSO?

  • Analytic support
  • Access to robust patient safety data collection tools via NextPlane Solutions, MAPS' data vendor
  • Full privilege and confidentiality protections for MAPS-reported events
  • Peer and professional insight into why patient safety events occur and how to prevent them
  • Newsletters, webinars and conference calls (discussing trends, lessons learned, and best practices)
  • Safe Table events
  • Supportive training and expertise to complement your PSES and staff needs

Can only hospitals join the MAPS PSO?

  • Any health care provider can join a PSO
  • Examples include hospitals, nursing facilities, home health agencies, physician offices, long-term care facilities, etc.

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What is the Patient Safety Evaluation System (PSES) for the MAPS PSO?

  • Our PSES for the program is captured via specific operational documents and forms
  • Our PSES processes are reviewed on a case by case basis
  • We require that all members have a PSES policy in place prior to submitting adverse events

What is the Patient Safety Work Product (PSWP) for the MAPS PSO?

  • PSWP will be in many formats - either paper or electronic forms
  • Examples: Root Cause Analysis, Contributing factors, Meeting Minutes, Notes or records

What is a Safe Table?
Safe Table is the term used by the MAPS PSO to describe the protected roundtable discussions

  • It takes place among the PSO and its members
  • Topics include: patient safety issues,  PSO generated survey results, member input and lessons learned

Why is the MAPS PSO taking such a focused approach to start?
The MAPS staff is taking a proactive approach by focusing members on developing a sound PSES process. We will train and support members on:

  • PSO policy development (PSES)
  • Patient Safety Work Product (PSWP) processes
  • Event submission and reports
  • Data Mapping and Data Management
  • Sharing lessons learned within the MAPS PSO community

Where can one find more information about the Patient Safety Act and PSOs?

How do I join the MAPS PSO?
Please contact: Carrie Pinasco, BS, CDM, BCQS, Program Director at (630) 276-5845.

Vision: To be the leading PSO that inspires the passionate pursuit of excellence in patient safety and quality care.