HHS released the final rule governing the creation and operations of patient-safety organizations. Effective Jan. 19, 2009, organizations will have to certify they are in compliance with the guidelines in the rule to be designated a patient-safety organization under the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, which oversees the program. Currently, 15 organizations are operating under an interim rule AHRQ established in October; those groups will have to ensure they are in compliance with the final rule to continue their work after Jan. 19, 2009, according to an HHS news release.
HHS offers final rule on patient-safety organizations
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