Notice of proposed rule making

This document proposes regulations to implement certain aspects of the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005. The proposed regulations establish a framework by which hospitals, doctors, and other health care providers may voluntarily report information to Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs), on a privileged and confidential basis, for analysis of patient safety events. The proposed regulations also outline the requirements that entities must meet to become PSOs and the processes for the Secretary to review and accept certifications and to list PSOs.

In addition, the proposed regulations establish the confidentiality protections for the information that is assembled and developed by providers and PSOs, termed ‘‘patient safety work product’’ by the Patient Safety Act. They also establish the procedures for imposition of civil money penalties for the knowing or reckless impermissible disclosure of patient safety work product.