Feds propose new rules to ensure patient safety

February 13, 2008

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has proposed new rules for implementing the Patient Safety Act.

Get used to a new acronym: PSOs or patient safety organizations. These organizations will be formed as a result of the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (Patient Safety Act), which, in turn, was inspired by the Institute of Medicine's 1999 report, "To Err is Human." In a Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality spelled out how hospitals and health providers may voluntarily report information about patient safety to PSOs. The proposal also gives confidentiality protection to those who report such information to PSOs. Comments to the proposal should be submitted to the agency by April 14.

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