The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act (Patient Safety Act) was enacted in July 2005, and the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement final rule (Patient Safety Rule) was issued in November 2008. The goal of the Patient Safety Act is to improve patient safety by encouraging voluntary and confidential reporting of healthcare events that adversely affect patients. The Patient Safety Act authorizes the creation of Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs) to administer the patient safety related activities stated in the law. The Patient Safety Rule established a process for designating and creating patient safety work product (PSWP) and for confidentially reporting such information to PSOs.
A listed PSO must certify that it will comply with the following seven criteria specified in the Patient Safety Rule:
There are eight required patient safety activities for listed PSOs:
The Patient Safety Organization Privacy Protection Center (PSOPPC) was created by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to support the implementation of the Patient Safety Act. The PSOPPC serves as a resource to PSOs, assists with the implementation and use of the Common Formats, and is responsible for making the data non-identifiable that will be sent to the Network of Patient Safety Databases (NPSD) for national learning. The program is operated under contract [HHSA 290201200007C] with AHRQ so there is no cost to PSOs for any of the services provided.
This page provides introductory information related to various support activities conducted by the PSOPPC in support of the growing number of PSOs listed with AHRQ. For further assistance, please contact the PSOPPC Help Desk
PSO Workforce will need to obtain an account to access the secure pages of the PSOPPC website. The protected pages allow for the secure submission of patient safety data as well as the PSO's annual PSO Profile update. Additionally, the protected pages contain secure reference materials. To access the secure pages, PSOs must complete a user registration form. The registration form must be signed by the PSO's Authorized Official, notarized, and mailed to the PSOPPC address below:
For more information on how to set up accounts with the PSOPPC, please visit the Account Setup section of the PSOPPC website.
PSOs are requested to update their PSO Profile annually to provide information to AHRQ and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding PSO characteristics and the numbers and types of providers, settings, and reports for which PSOs conduct patient safety and quality activities. For more information regarding the PSO Profile, please visit the PSO Profile Data Submission page.
For more information, please contact the PSOPPC Help Desk by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The PSOPPC is currently accepting patient safety data and will provide support for submitting the data. The PSOPPC is currently accepting patient safety data utilizing the following AHRQ Common Formats:
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