The term “Common Formats” refers to the common definitions and
reporting formats that allow health care providers to collect and
submit standardized information regarding patient safety events.
Additional details about the conceptual framework for the content
and structure of the Common Formats can be found at the Agency
for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) website.
This section contains relevant court cases and documents
reflecting the latest information on the interpretation of the
Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 and the
associated legal privilege for patient safety work product.
Interested counsel may join a mutual support group to help
address the new legal privileges and challenges of the Act at
operates primarily via email, with group calls as needed.
The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (Patient
Safety Act) authorized the creation of Patient Safety
Organizations (PSOs) to improve the quality and safety of U.S.
health care delivery. The Patient Safety Act encourages
clinicians and health care organizations to voluntarily report
and share quality and patient safety information without fear of
legal discovery. The Affordable Care Act strongly incentivizes
PSO participation for hospitals of 50 beds or more.
Interested counsel may join a discussion group that offers
support and an opportunity to learn about the new legal
privileges and challenges of the Patient Safety and Quality
Improvement Act of 2005. You can request to join the
clicking here. This group generally holds conference calls