The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005

The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (PSQIA) amends the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 299 et. seq.; P.L. 109-41) by inserting sections 921 through 926, 42 U.S.C. 299b-21 through 299b-26. View PSQIA.

OCR has responsibility for interpretation and implementation of the confidentiality protections and enforcement provisions in section 922.  Learn more about the delegation of authority to OCR.

AHRQ has responsibility for listing of and outreach to patient safety organizations (PSOs) and the creation of a network of patient safety databases in sections 923, 924, and 925.

Section 921 defines key terms, including how information becomes patient safety work product.

Section 922 sets out the confidentiality and privilege protections for patient safety work product, how patient safety work product may be disclosed and the penalties for disclosures in violation of the protections.

Section 923 describes the network of patient safety databases.

Section 924 outlines the requirements and processes for listing and delisting of patient safety organizations.


For more information on PSQIA, see AHRQ's overview.


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Content last reviewed on September 15, 2017