• PSO Fast Facts - The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (Patient Safety Act) authorized
    the creation of PSOs to improve quality and safety by reducing the incidence of events that adversely affect
    patients. To implement the Patient Safety Act, the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Agency
    for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) published the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Final Rule
    (Patient Safety Rule).

    AHRQ has received many questions regarding the implementation of the Patient Safety Rule and about PSOs.
    In response to these questions, and in anticipation of additional inquiries, AHRQ has prepared this list of
    frequently asked questions and corresponding answers:

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