The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act was enacted in July 2005, and the Final Rule, "Patient Safety and Quality Improvement," was issued in November 2008. The Final Rule established a process for designating and creating patient safety work product (PSWP) allowing providers the ability to confidentially report PSWP to Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs). PSWP encompasses any data, reports, records, memoranda, analyses, and written or oral statements that could improve patient safety, quality, or outcomes. PSOs are encouraged to submit two types of data to the Patient Safety Organization Privacy Protection Center (PSOPPC): patient safety concern and PSO Profile data.
Patient Safety Data
Patient Safety Data is submitted to the PSOPPC for non-identification and analysis towards the goal of improving patient safety.
PSO and Provider Profiles are submitted to the PSOPPC annually to provide the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) information on the types of healthcare providers, settings, and reports for which PSOs conduct patient safety activities.