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 eepurl.com/rKJaf. This 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 group by following this link: eepurl.com/rKJaf. This group generally holds conference calls quarterly.