Organizations and Relationships

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

AHRQ is one of 11 agencies within the Federal government's Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). AHRQ, as the lead Federal agency for patient safety research, has been charged with overseeing the implementation of the Patient Safety Act. PSOs, healthcare providers, and other interested parties should contact AHRQ at with requests for assistance.

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR)

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has responsibility for interpreting and enforcing the confidentiality provisions of the Patient Safety Act.

PSO Privacy Protection Center (PSO PPC)

AHRQ created the PSO Privacy Protection Center (PSOPPC) to assist PSOs in rendering the data they submit to the NPSD contextually non-identifiable. The PSO PPC also maintains AHRQ's Common Formats, which include common definitions and reporting formats to more easily compare data about patient safety events.

Network of Patient Safety Databases

The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act (PSQIA) of 2005 requires that AHRQ administer the Network of Patient Safety Databases (NPSD), launched in June 2019, as an interactive, evidence-based management resource for meaningful, national learning. The NPSD displays aggregated, nonidentifiable data dashboards derived from patient safety work product (PSWP) submitted by PSOs from across the country.

National Quality Forum

The National Quality Forum, under contract to AHRQ, serves as a neutral forum for obtaining public review and expert opinion regarding each version of the Common Formats.

Page last reviewed September 2019
Page originally created January 2014

Internet Citation: Organizations and Relationships. Content last reviewed September 2019. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.

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