AHRQ releases Common Formats for patient safety reporting in skilled nursing facilities
Research Activities, May 2011, No. 369
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently released new Common Formats for patient safety reporting in skilled nursing facilities. These new formats complement an existing set of Common Formats, Version 1.1, which are designed to help health care providers collect both generic and event-specific information about incidents, near misses or close calls, and unsafe conditions in hospital settings.
The term "Common Formats" refers to the common definitions and reporting formats, specified by AHRQ, that allow health care providers to collect and submit standardized information regarding patient safety events. Future versions of the Common Formats are being developed for ambulatory settings, such as surgery centers and medical offices.
All of the Skilled Nursing Facilities Formats are currently available in beta versions for public review and comment via the AHRQ Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs) Web site.