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Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005

On July 29, 2005, the President signed the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (Patient Safety Act, 42 U.S.C. sections 299b-21 to 299b-26) into law. The Patient Safety Act amended Title IX of the Public Health Service Act to provide for the improvement of patient safety and to reduce the incidence of events that adversely affect patient safety by authorizing the creation of patient safety organizations (PSOs). PSOs work with providers to improve quality and safety through the collection and analysis of aggregated, confidential data on patient safety events.

View the Patient Safety Act in an on-line version of the United States Code (42 U.S.C. sections 299b-21 to 299b-26).

Draft Report to Congress Required by the Patient Safety Act

The Patient Safety Act requires the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in consultation with the Director of AHRQ, to prepare a draft report on effective strategies for reducing medical errors and increasing patient safety. The report includes measures determined appropriate by the Secretary to encourage the appropriate use of effective strategies for reducing medical errors and increasing patient safety, including use in federally funded programs.

The Patient Safety Act also requires the draft report to be made available for public comment and submitted for review to the Institute of Medicine, now the National Academy of Medicine. The final report is required to be submitted to Congress no later than December 21, 2021. 

The original Notice of Opportunity to Comment appeared in the Federal Register on December 16, 2020. The Notice extending the public comment period was published in the Federal Register on March 18, 2021. The public comment period closed on April 5, 2021.

 

Page last reviewed September 2021
Page originally created January 2014

Internet Citation: Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005. Content last reviewed September 2021. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.
https://pso.ahrq.gov/resources/act

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