July 1, 2008

Patient safety organizations: New protections for quality data

HCCA Compliance Today
Shannon Britton Hartsfield

On February 12, 2008, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) issued proposed regulations that implement the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (Patient Safety Act). Read together, the Patient Safety Act and the proposed regulations establish a framework for hospitals, doctors, and other health care providers to voluntarily report information related to patient safety and quality of care.

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