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Start Time:12:00 AM
End Time:12:00 AM
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Provided by MHA Center for Education

Date & Location

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016
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Old Kinderhook
Grand Ballroom
678 Old Kinderhook Dr.
Camdenton, MO 65020


Register on or before Tuesday, Sept. 27.

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

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

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Cancellations received after Wednesday, October 5 and no shows will be charged $50.

Hotel Reservations

Group code: 161012MISS
Room rate: $129 + tax
Hotel cut-off date: Thursday, Sept. 1

Online hotel reservations — First select the "Group Code" drop down option to enter the group code, prior to selecting check-in date(s).


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


This program will explore how MHA’s new partnership with VizientTM Patient Safety Organization and Healthcare Services Group will help members improve patient safety outcomes. In addition, discover how to take advantage of the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 privilege and confidentiality protections.


Upon completion of the program, participants will be able to:

  • discuss the legal implications and protection offered by the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005
  • identify how to transfer data to the VizientTM PSO
  • discuss how providers can create a safe learning environment by working with a PSO


9:30 a.m. — Registration Opens

10 a.m. — Opening Remarks

Leslie Porth, Ph.D., MPH, R.N.
Senior Vice President of Strategic Quality Initiatives
Missouri Hospital Association
Jefferson City, Mo.

10:15 a.m. — Legal Implications of Working with a PSO

Michael R. Callahan, J.D.
Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP

11 a.m. — Working With VizientTM PSO

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

Noon — Lunch (provided)

1 p.m. — Safe Table: Safe Working Environments

Tammy Williams, MSN, R.N., CPPS
PSO Program Manager

*An additional confidentiality and disclosure agreement will be required for each safe table attendee.

2:45 p.m. — Closing Remarks

Arvids Petersons, J.D., M.A., CMPE
Director of Risk Management
Healthcare Services Group
Jefferson City, Mo.

3 p.m. — Adjournment


Michael R. Callahan is a partner with Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP, and assists hospitals, health systems and medical staff clients on a variety of health care legal issues, including health care antitrust issues, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and regulatory compliance, accreditation matters, general corporate transactions, medical staff credentialing, and hospital/medical staff relations.

Callahan is a frequent speaker on topics including accountable care organizations, health care reform, PSOs, health care liability and peer review matters. He has presented around the country for organizations, such as the American Health Lawyers Association, the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, the American Bar Association, the American College of Healthcare Executives, the National Association Medical Staff Services, the National Association for Healthcare Quality and the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management. Callahan was recently appointed as chair of the Medical Staff Credentialing and Peer Review Practice Group of the American Health Lawyers Association. He also was appointed as the public member representative on the board of directors of the National Association Medical Staff Services.

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.

Arvids Petersons serves as director of risk management and patient safety for Healthcare Services Group. His background includes service as assistant attorney general and deputy director of the Missouri Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and as general counsel for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. His education includes a juris doctor degree and master of arts in clinical psychology from the University of Tulsa and a bachelor of arts in psychology from Ohio State University. Petersons has earned the designation of certified medical practice executive from the Medical Group Management Association and the designation of certified professional in healthcare risk management from the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management. As director of risk management and patient safety, he provides educational seminars and medical-legal advice to physicians, hospital and medical practice administration, and other health care professionals.

Tammy Williams brings more than 25 years of health care experience in nursing, management and administration to her current role as PSO program manager. She worked as a nurse manager with a variety of patient populations for 15 years and as a director of nursing for 10 years. During the last eight years, she has led research on event report safety data. Williams graduated from Loyola University with a master of science in nursing with specialization in outcomes performance management.

Williams uses an evidence- and research-based approach to facilitating patient safety projects. She conducts comprehensive analyses of safety data and facilitates monthly webinars that highlight safety concerns and offer best practices to promote shared learning. She has authored numerous white papers and manuscripts in the peer-reviewed literature and presented at national conferences on various quality and safety topics.

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 4 clock hours.