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Inside the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act

The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (PSQIA) established a voluntary reporting system designed to enhance the data available to assess and resolve patient safety and healthcare quality issues, according to HHS officials. It first became effective in 2009. Government officials established the act in part to encourage the reporting and analysis of medical errors. Specifically, the PSQIA provides federal privilege and confidentiality protections for patient safety information, called Patient Safety Work Product (PSWP).

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