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Confidentiality Provisions of the Patient Safety Act

Health care professional looks at X-rayEnforcement of the confidentiality of patient safety work product is crucial to maintaining an environment for providers to discuss and analyze patient safety events, identify causes and improve future outcomes. The enforcement provisions are found at Subpart D of the Patient Safety Rule.

OCR seeks voluntary compliance with the confidentiality provisions by providers, patient safety organizations (PSOs) and responsible persons that hold patient safety work product.  OCR may conduct compliance reviews and investigate complaints alleging that patient safety work product has been disclosed in violation of the confidentiality provisions.  If OCR determines that a violation has occurred, OCR may impose a civil money penalty of up to $11,000 per violation.

OCR provides technical assistance to persons seeking to comply with the confidentiality provisions and public information regarding the administration of the enforcement program.

This page will be updated as soon as more information becomes available.

Frequently Asked Questions for Professionals - Please see the HIPAA FAQs for additional guidance on health information privacy topics.

Content created by Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
Content last reviewed on July 26, 2013
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