Incident reports involving patient care can be protected by Ohio’s peer review privilege. They can also be protected under the Patient Safety Quality Improvement Act (PSQIA), the federal statute creating patient safety organizations (PSOs). However, not all incident reports are covered by Ohio’s peer review privilege. And to further complicate matters, you may lose protection under both Ohio and federal law if you do not process incident reports appropriately.
So, although there are a number of issues to consider, here are three of the most significant ones: