The overall purpose of this webinar will be to review the background, purpose and benefits of Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs) as well as the steps necessary to establish an internal Patient Safety Evaluation System in order to contract and participate in a PSO. In addition, we will describe how the PSO confidentiality and privilege provisions are to be applied, as well as their application to peer review activities, so that hospitals, medical staffs and other providers can make truly informed decisions on whether or not to seek these protections and on how to organize their internal collection and reporting policies in a way which will not interfere with their accreditation and patient care obligations.