The Patient Safety Privacy Protection Center (PSOPPC) has received many questions regarding Common Formats. In response to those questions, the PSOPPC has produced a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs)
and corresponding answers.
PSOs are required to collect and analyze data in a standardized manner. AHRQ created the Common Formats (common definitions and reporting formats) to help providers uniformly report patient safety concerns and improve health care
provider's efforts to eliminate harm.
To receive more information regarding the Common Formats, please send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (866) 403-3697.
What is included in the AHRQ Common Formats?
The Common Formats include:
A Data Dictionary which defines the data elements
A Clinical Document Architecture Implementation Guide, which shows how to enable electronic transmission of the Common Formats data
The Validation Rules and Errors Guide; Common Format Flow Charts; and specifications for processing, linking and reporting on events
A Metadata registry with data element attributes and technical specifications for use by developers.
What are the most current Common Formats Versions?
The following Common Formats are currently active for reporting:
These versions are available for implementation and use by healthcare providers, PSOs, and the PSOPPC.
Where do I go to provide feedback on the AHRQ Common Formats?
Comments may be submitted for all active reporting versions, as well as those that are open for public review/comment. Comments may be submitted via the NQF website.
Where may I get technical assistance for the Common Formats?
To receive technical assistance for the Common Formats, please submit requests to the PSOPPC Help Desk. PSOPPC Support will provide technical assistance upon receiving requests from PSOs, vendors, providers, or the general public.