The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality today issued a final rule outlining the requirements for becoming a Patient Safety Organization and how the agency will enforce confidentiality protections. AHRQ made changes to certain provisions and added new requirements, including broadening the list of excluded entities and increasing flexibility in how PSOs can store patient safety work product and how component PSOs maintain separation between themselves and their parent organizations. PSOs voluntarily collect, aggregate and analyze patient safety data from providers to improve health care quality. The rule takes effect Jan. 19, 2009.
(SOURCE: AHA News Now, http://ahanews.org, November 21, 2008)