Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (July 2005)

On July 29, 2005, the President signed the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement of 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: How to Send Comments

The Patient Safety Act requires the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, 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.

Access the Notice of Opportunity to Comment as published in the Federal Register.

Access the draft report "Strategies to Improve Patient Safety: Draft Report to Congress for Public Comment and Review by the National Academy of Medicine" (PDF, 954 KB).

Send comments on the draft report by email to no later than February 16, 2021.

The final report is required to be submitted to Congress no later than December 21, 2021.

Page last reviewed December 2020
Page originally created January 2014

Internet Citation: Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (July 2005). Content last reviewed December 2020. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.

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