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Download as PDF 22322 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 72 / Friday, April 13, 2012 / Notices FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nominations of assays should be submitted online at http:// iccvam.niehs.nih.gov/contact/Tox21nomination.htm (preferred means) or to Dr. Warren Casey, Deputy Director, NICEATM, NIEHS, P.O. Box 12233, Mail Stop: K2–16, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, (telephone) 919–541– 2384, (fax) 919–541–0947, (email) niceatm@niehs.nih.gov. Courier address: NICEATM, NIEHS, Room 2034, 530 Davis Drive, Morrisville, NC 27560. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Background The Tox21 Consortium is a collaboration of the NIH Center for Translational Therapeutics (NCTT),1 NIEHS/NTP,2 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),3 and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).4 The goal of Tox21 is to develop, validate, and translate innovative HTS methods to characterize the impact of chemicals on key steps in toxicity pathways and ultimately to provide tools to risk assessors to protect human health and the environment. The Tox21 HTS Initiative aims to prioritize substances for in-depth toxicological evaluation, identify mechanisms of action for further investigation, and develop predictive models for in vivo biological responses using efficient, high throughput in vitro assays. Tox21 also aims to expand the ability to screen environmental compounds for organ-specific toxicity, focusing in particular on the liver, kidney, and nervous system. The current Tox21 inventory of 10,000 chemicals covers a variety of classifications, including consumer products, food additives, human and veterinary drugs, manufacturing intermediates, and pesticides. These 10,000 chemicals are being profiled using HTS assays designed to estimate toxicity potential and identify the specific perturbations they induce in biological pathways. Request for Nominations of HTS Assays NICEATM requests nominations of in vitro HTS toxicity assays that might be used in the Tox21 testing program. Tox21 intends to develop a systematic view of how chemicals interact with and affect biological systems using its collection of 10,000 chemicals. To achieve this goal, assays, which target all pathways relevant to toxicity, are needed to assess chemicals’ effects. 1 http://nctt.nih.gov/27543703. 2 http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/28213. 3 http://www.epa.gov/ncct/Tox21/. 4 http://www.fda.gov/. VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:16 Apr 12, 2012 Jkt 226001 Nominated assays will be assessed for their overall applicability to the Tox21 HTS program in terms of biological relevance, cost, and potential for adaption to a HTS format. Suitable assays will then be prioritized for use by the NCTT. Protocol information and test data submitted in response to this notice may be incorporated into future NCTT and NICEATM reports and publications as appropriate. Nominations should consider the following general criteria: (1) Relevance to the goals of the Tox21 Initiative (http://nctt.nih.gov/27543703), (2) high throughput capability of the assay (96well format or higher, with no obvious impediments to miniaturization to a 1536-well format), (3) evaluation of preliminary assay performance using appropriate reference compounds, (4) validation status of the assay, (5) availability of complete detailed protocols, and (6) efficiency and cost of the assay. A list of compatibility criteria for 1536-well biochemical and cellbased assays is available at http:// nctt.nih.gov/27545107. Assay nominations should be submitted electronically using the online form (http:// iccvam.niehs.nih.gov/contact/Tox21nomination.htm). When submitting HTS assay nominations and protocol information, please reference this Federal Register notice and provide appropriate contact information (name, affiliation, mailing address, phone, fax, email, and sponsoring organization as applicable). NICEATM prefers submission of the nominations via the Web site identified above; however, submissions by mail, fax, or email are acceptable. Questions about the submission process should be directed to Dr. Warren Casey (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). that more accurately assess the safety and hazards of chemicals and products and that will reduce, refine (enhance animal well-being and decrease or eliminate pain and distress), or replace animal use. NICEATM also conducts independent validation studies to assess the usefulness and limitations of new, revised, and alternative test methods and strategies applicable to the safetytesting needs of Federal agencies. In 2012, NICEATM began providing support to Tox21 regarding HTS assay nomination and review. NICEATM and ICCVAM welcome the public nomination of new, revised, and alternative test methods and strategies applicable to the needs of Federal agencies. Additional information about NICEATM can be found on the NICEATM–ICCVAM Web site (http:// iccvam.niehs.nih.gov). Dated: April 5, 2012. John R. Bucher, Associate Director, National Toxicology Program. [FR Doc. 2012–8942 Filed 4–12–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Common Formats for Patient Safety Data Collection and Event Reporting Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS. ACTION: Notice of Availability—New Common Format. AGENCY: As authorized by the Secretary of HHS, AHRQ coordinates the development of a set of common definitions and reporting formats Background Information on NICEATM (Common Formats) for reporting patient NICEATM was established in 1998 to safety events to Patient Safety administer and provide scientific Organizations (PS0s). The purpose of support for the Interagency this notice is to announce the Coordinating Committee on the availability of new Common Formats— Validation of Alternative Methods Hospital Version 1.2 for public review (ICCVAM), which is composed of 15 and comment. member Federal agencies and includes DATES: Ongoing public input. the EPA, FDA, NIEHS, and NIH. The ADDRESSES: The new Common ICCVAM Authorization Act of 2000 (42 U.S.C. 285l–2, 285l-5, available at http:// Formats—Hospital Version 1.2, version dated April 2012, and the remaining iccvam.niehs.nih.gov/about/ Common Formats can be accessed PL106545.htm) established ICCVAM as electronically at the following HHS Web a permanent interagency committee of the NIEHS under NICEATM. NICEATM site: http://www.PSO.AHRQ.gov/ index.html. and ICCVAM conduct technical evaluations of new, revised, and alternative safety testing methods with regulatory applicability and promote the scientific validation and regulatory acceptance of safety-testing methods PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cathryn Niane, Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, AHRQ, 540 Gaither Road, Rockville, MD 20850; Telephone (toll free): (866) 403–3697; E:\FR\FM\13APN1.SGM 13APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 72 / Friday, April 13, 2012 / Notices Telephone (local): (301) 427–1111; TTY (toll free): (866) 438–7231; TTY (local): (301) 427–1130; Email: PSO.AHRQ.hhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005, 42 U.S.C. 299b–21 to b–26, (Patient Safety Act) provides for the formation of PS0s, which collect, aggregate, and analyze confidential information regarding the quality and safety of healthcare delivery. The Patient Safety Act (at 42 U.S.C. 299b–23) authorizes healthcare providers to voluntarily collect and submit in a standardized manner, as explained in the related Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Final Rule, 42 CFR part 3 (Patient Safety Rule), published in the Federal Register on November 21, 2008: 73 FR 70731– 70814. The collection of patient safety work product allows the aggregation of sufficient data to identify and address underlying causal factors of patient safety problems. The Patient Safety Act and Patient Safety Rule establish a framework by which doctors, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and other healthcare providers may assemble information regarding patient safety events and quality of care. Information that is assembled and developed by providers for reporting to PSOs and the information received and analyzed by PSOs—called ‘‘patient safety work product’’—is privileged and confidential. Patient safety work product is used to identify events, patterns of care, and unsafe conditions that increase risks and hazards to patients. Definitions and other details about PSOs and patient safety work product are included in the Patient Safety Act and Patient Safety Rule which can be accessed electronically at: http://www.PSO.AHRQ.gov/ REGULATIONS/REGULATIONS.htm. pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Definition of Common Formats 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. The Common Formats are not intended to replace any current mandatory reporting system, collaborative/voluntary reporting system, research-related reporting system, or other reporting/ recording system; rather the formats are intended to enhance the ability of health care providers to report information that VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:16 Apr 12, 2012 Jkt 226001 is standardized both clinically and electronically. In collaboration with the interagency Federal Patient Safety Workgroup (PSWG), the National Quality Forum (NQF) and the public, AHRQ has developed Common Formats for two settings of care—acute care hospitals and skilled nursing facilities—in order to facilitate standardized data collection. The scope of Common Formats applies to all patient safety concerns including: Incidents—patient safety events that reached the patient, whether or not there was harm; near misses or close calls—patient safety events that did not reach the patient; and unsafe conditions—circumstances that increase the probability of a patient safety event. AHRQ’s Common Formats include: • Event descriptions (descriptions of patient safety events and unsafe conditions to be reported); • Specifications for patient safety aggregate reports and individual event summaries; • Delineation of data elements to be collected for different types of events to populate the reports; • A user’s guide and quick guide, and • Technical specifications for electronic data collection and reporting. The technical specifications promote standardization of collected patient safety event information by specifying rules for data collection and submission, as well ’as by providing guidance for how and when to create data elements, their valid values, conditional and go-to logic, and reports. These specifications will ensure that data collected by PSOs and other entities have comparable clinical meaning. They also provide direction to software developers, so that the Common Formats can be implemented electronically, and to PS0s, so that the Common Formats can be submitted electronically to the PSO Privacy Protection Center (PPC) for data de-identification and transmission to the Network of Patient Safety Databases (NPSD). The Common Formats include two general types of formats, generic and event-specific. The generic Common Formats pertain to all patient safety concerns. The three generic formats are: Healthcare Event Reporting Form, Patient Information Form, and Summary of Initial Report. The event-specific Common Formats pertain to frequentlyoccurring and/or serious patient safety events. Since the initial release of the Common Formats in August 2008, AHRQ regularly revises the formats based upon public comment. The Common Formats—Hospital Version 1.2 PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 22323 features new content to incorporate the event specific formats entitled Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) and Device or Medical/Surgical Supply including Health Information Technology (HIT) Device. Common Formats—Hospital Version 1.2, which also includes minor changes to existing modules and technical specifications, is available at the PSO PPC Web site: https:// www.PSOPPC.ORG/web/patientsafety. Common Formats Development In anticipation of the need for Common Formats, AHRQ began their development by creating an inventory of functioning private and public sector patient safety reporting systems. This inventory provides an evidence base that informs construction of the Common Formats. The inventory includes many systems from the private sector, including prominent academic settings, hospital systems, and international reporting systems (e.g., from the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth of Australia). In addition, virtually all major Federal patient safety reporting systems are included, such as those from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Department of Defense (DoD), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Since February 2005, AHRQ has convened the PSWG to assist AHRQ with developing and maintaining the Common Formats. The PSWG includes major health agencies within HHS— CDC, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, FDA, Health Resources and Services Administration, Indian Health Service, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Office of Public Health and Science, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration—as well as the DoD and VA. When developing Common Formats, AHRQ first reviews existing patient safety event reporting systems from a variety of health care organizations. In collaboration with the PSWG and Federal subject matter experts, AHRQ drafts and releases beta versions of the Common Formats for public review and comment. The PSWG assists AHRQ with assuring the consistency of definitions/formats with those of relevant government agencies as refinement of the Common Formats continues. To the extent practicable, the Common Formats are also aligned with World Health Organization (WHO) concepts, framework, and definitions E:\FR\FM\13APN1.SGM 13APN1 22324 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 72 / Friday, April 13, 2012 / Notices contained in their draft International Classification for Patient Safety (ICPS). Commenting on Common Formats Hospital 1.2 To allow for greater participation by the private sector in the subsequent development of the Common Formats, AHRQ engaged the NQF, a non-profit organization focused on health care quality, to solicit comments and advice to guide the further refinement of the Common Formats. The NQF then convenes an expert panel to review the comments received and provide feedback. The NQF began this process with feedback on AHRQ’s 0.1 Beta release of the Common Formats in 2008. Based upon the expert panel’s feedback, AHRQ, in conjunction with the PSWG, revises and refines the Common Formats. The Agency is specifically interested in obtaining feedback from both the private and public sectors on the new Common Formats—Hospital Version 1.2 to guide the improvement of the formats. Information on how to comment and provide feedback on the Common Formats—Hospital Version 1.2, is available at the NQF Web site for Common Formats: http:// www.Quality.forum.ORG/projects/ commonformats.aspx. The process for updating and refining the formats will continue to be an iterative one. Future versions of the Common Formats will be developed for ambulatory settings, such as ambulatory surgery centers and physician and practitioner offices. More information on the Common Formats can be obtained through AHRQ’s PSO Web site: http://www.PSO.AHRQ.gov/index.html. Dated: April 5, 2012. Carolyn M. Clancy, Director. [FR Doc. 2012–8743 Filed 4–12–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4160–90–M DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Correction—Solicitation for Nominations for Members of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) The original date of publication for this Federal Register notice was March 28, 2012, Volume 77, Number 60, pages 18823–18825. On this publication, Gloria Washington’s email address is incorrect in two places of page 18824 under subheadings ADDRESSES: and FOR VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:16 Apr 12, 2012 Jkt 226001 FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:. The correct email address for Gloria Washington is: USPSTFmember nominations@AHRQ.HHS.GOV Dated: April 4, 2012. Carolyn M. Clancy, Director. [FR Doc. 2012–8737 Filed 4–12–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4160–90–M DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Scientific Information Request on Treatment of Tinnitus Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS. ACTION: Request for scientific information submissions. AGENCY: The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seeking scientific information submissions from manufacturers of cochlear implants, sound masking devices, hearing aids, and transcranial magnetic stimulation medical devices. Scientific information is being solicited to inform our Comparative Effectiveness Review of Evaluation and Treatment of Tinnitus, which is currently being conducted by the Evidence-based Practice Centers for the AHRQ Effective Health Care Program. Access to published and unpublished pertinent scientific information on this device will improve the quality of this comparative effectiveness review. AHRQ is requesting this scientific information and conducting this comparative effectiveness review pursuant to Section 1013 of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003, Public Law 108–173. DATES: Submission Deadline on or before May 14, 2012. ADDRESSES: Online submissions: http://effectivehealthcare.AHRQ.gov/ index.cfm/submitscientific-informationpackets/. Please select the study for which you are submitting information from the list of current studies and complete the form to upload your documents. Email submissions: ehcsrc@ohsu.edu (please do not send zipped files—they are automatically deleted for security reasons). Print submissions: Robin Paynter, Oregon Health and Science University, Oregon Evidence-based Practice Center, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, Mail Code: BICC, Portland, OR 97239–3098. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robin Paynter, Research Librarian, Telephone: 503–494–0147 or Email: ehcsrc@ohsu.edu. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with Section 1013 of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003, Public Law 108–173, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has commissioned the Effective Health Care (EHC) Program Evidence-based Practice Centers to complete a comparative effectiveness review of the evidence for evaluation and treatment of tinnitus. The EHC Program is dedicated to identifying as many studies as possible that are relevant to the questions for each of its reviews. In order to do so, we are supplementing the usual manual and electronic database searches of the literature by systematically requesting information (e.g., details of studies conducted) from medical device industry stakeholders through public information requests, including via the Federal Register and direct postal and/ or online solicitations. We are looking for studies that report on treatment of tinnitus, including those that describe adverse events, as specified in the key questions detailed below. The entire research protocol, including the key questions, is also available online at: http://www.effectivehealthcare.AHRQ. gov/index.cfm/search-for-guidesreviews-and-reports/?pageaction= displayproduct&productid=811#4755. This notice is a request for industry stakeholders to submit the following: • A current product label, if applicable (preferably an electronic PDF file). • Information identifying published randomized controlled trials and observational studies relevant to the clinical outcomes. Please provide both a list of citations and reprints if possible. • Information identifying unpublished randomized controlled trials and observational studies relevant to the clinical outcomes. If possible, please provide a summary that includes the following elements: study number, study period, design, methodology, indication and diagnosis, proper use instructions, inclusion and exclusion criteria, primary and secondary outcomes, baseline characteristics, number of patients screened/eligible/ enrolled/lost to withdrawn/follow-up/ analyzed, and effectiveness/efficacy and safety results. • Registered ClinicalTrials.gov studies. Please provide a list including the ClinicalTrials.gov identifier, condition, and intervention. Your contribution is very beneficial to this program. AHRQ is not requesting E:\FR\FM\13APN1.SGM 13APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Common Formats for Patient Safety Data Collection and Event 
Reporting

AGENCY: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS.

ACTION: Notice of Availability--New Common Format.

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SUMMARY: As authorized by the Secretary of HHS, AHRQ coordinates the 
development of a set of common definitions and reporting formats 
(Common Formats) for reporting patient safety events to Patient Safety 
Organizations (PS0s). The purpose of this notice is to announce the 
availability of new Common Formats--Hospital Version 1.2 for public 
review and comment.

DATES: Ongoing public input.

ADDRESSES: The new Common Formats--Hospital Version 1.2, version dated 
April 2012, and the remaining Common Formats can be accessed 
electronically at the following HHS Web site: http://www.PSO.AHRQ.gov/index.html.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cathryn Niane, Center for Quality 
Improvement and Patient Safety, AHRQ, 540 Gaither Road, Rockville, MD 
20850; Telephone (toll free): (866) 403-3697;

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Telephone (local): (301) 427-1111; TTY (toll free): (866) 438-7231; TTY 
(local): (301) 427-1130; Email: PSO.AHRQ.hhs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005, 42 U.S.C. 
299b-21 to b-26, (Patient Safety Act) provides for the formation of 
PS0s, which collect, aggregate, and analyze confidential information 
regarding the quality and safety of healthcare delivery. The Patient 
Safety Act (at 42 U.S.C. 299b-23) authorizes healthcare providers to 
voluntarily collect and submit in a standardized manner, as explained 
in the related Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Final Rule, 42 
CFR part 3 (Patient Safety Rule), published in the Federal Register on 
November 21, 2008: 73 FR 70731-70814. The collection of patient safety 
work product allows the aggregation of sufficient data to identify and 
address underlying causal factors of patient safety problems.
    The Patient Safety Act and Patient Safety Rule establish a 
framework by which doctors, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and 
other healthcare providers may assemble information regarding patient 
safety events and quality of care. Information that is assembled and 
developed by providers for reporting to PSOs and the information 
received and analyzed by PSOs--called ``patient safety work product''--
is privileged and confidential. Patient safety work product is used to 
identify events, patterns of care, and unsafe conditions that increase 
risks and hazards to patients. Definitions and other details about PSOs 
and patient safety work product are included in the Patient Safety Act 
and Patient Safety Rule which can be accessed electronically at: http://www.PSO.AHRQ.gov/REGULATIONS/REGULATIONS.htm.

Definition of Common Formats

    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. The Common Formats are not intended to replace any current 
mandatory reporting system, collaborative/voluntary reporting system, 
research-related reporting system, or other reporting/recording system; 
rather the formats are intended to enhance the ability of health care 
providers to report information that is standardized both clinically 
and electronically.
    In collaboration with the interagency Federal Patient Safety 
Workgroup (PSWG), the National Quality Forum (NQF) and the public, AHRQ 
has developed Common Formats for two settings of care--acute care 
hospitals and skilled nursing facilities--in order to facilitate 
standardized data collection. The scope of Common Formats applies to 
all patient safety concerns including: Incidents--patient safety events 
that reached the patient, whether or not there was harm; near misses or 
close calls--patient safety events that did not reach the patient; and 
unsafe conditions--circumstances that increase the probability of a 
patient safety event.
    AHRQ's Common Formats include:
     Event descriptions (descriptions of patient safety events 
and unsafe conditions to be reported);
     Specifications for patient safety aggregate reports and 
individual event summaries;
     Delineation of data elements to be collected for different 
types of events to populate the reports;
     A user's guide and quick guide, and
     Technical specifications for electronic data collection 
and reporting.
    The technical specifications promote standardization of collected 
patient safety event information by specifying rules for data 
collection and submission, as well 'as by providing guidance for how 
and when to create data elements, their valid values, conditional and 
go-to logic, and reports. These specifications will ensure that data 
collected by PSOs and other entities have comparable clinical meaning. 
They also provide direction to software developers, so that the Common 
Formats can be implemented electronically, and to PS0s, so that the 
Common Formats can be submitted electronically to the PSO Privacy 
Protection Center (PPC) for data de-identification and transmission to 
the Network of Patient Safety Databases (NPSD).
    The Common Formats include two general types of formats, generic 
and event-specific. The generic Common Formats pertain to all patient 
safety concerns. The three generic formats are: Healthcare Event 
Reporting Form, Patient Information Form, and Summary of Initial 
Report. The event-specific Common Formats pertain to frequently-
occurring and/or serious patient safety events.
    Since the initial release of the Common Formats in August 2008, 
AHRQ regularly revises the formats based upon public comment. The 
Common Formats--Hospital Version 1.2 features new content to 
incorporate the event specific formats entitled Venous Thromboembolism 
(VTE) and Device or Medical/Surgical Supply including Health 
Information Technology (HIT) Device. Common Formats--Hospital Version 
1.2, which also includes minor changes to existing modules and 
technical specifications, is available at the PSO PPC Web site: https://www.PSOPPC.ORG/web/patientsafety.

Common Formats Development

    In anticipation of the need for Common Formats, AHRQ began their 
development by creating an inventory of functioning private and public 
sector patient safety reporting systems. This inventory provides an 
evidence base that informs construction of the Common Formats. The 
inventory includes many systems from the private sector, including 
prominent academic settings, hospital systems, and international 
reporting systems (e.g., from the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth 
of Australia). In addition, virtually all major Federal patient safety 
reporting systems are included, such as those from the Centers for 
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration 
(FDA), the Department of Defense (DoD), and the Department of Veterans 
Affairs (VA).
    Since February 2005, AHRQ has convened the PSWG to assist AHRQ with 
developing and maintaining the Common Formats. The PSWG includes major 
health agencies within HHS--CDC, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid 
Services, FDA, Health Resources and Services Administration, Indian 
Health Service, National Institutes of Health, National Library of 
Medicine, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information 
Technology, Office of Public Health and Science, and Substance Abuse 
and Mental Health Services Administration--as well as the DoD and VA.
    When developing Common Formats, AHRQ first reviews existing patient 
safety event reporting systems from a variety of health care 
organizations. In collaboration with the PSWG and Federal subject 
matter experts, AHRQ drafts and releases beta versions of the Common 
Formats for public review and comment. The PSWG assists AHRQ with 
assuring the consistency of definitions/formats with those of relevant 
government agencies as refinement of the Common Formats continues. To 
the extent practicable, the Common Formats are also aligned with World 
Health Organization (WHO) concepts, framework, and definitions

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contained in their draft International Classification for Patient 
Safety (ICPS).

Commenting on Common Formats Hospital 1.2

    To allow for greater participation by the private sector in the 
subsequent development of the Common Formats, AHRQ engaged the NQF, a 
non-profit organization focused on health care quality, to solicit 
comments and advice to guide the further refinement of the Common 
Formats. The NQF then convenes an expert panel to review the comments 
received and provide feedback. The NQF began this process with feedback 
on AHRQ's 0.1 Beta release of the Common Formats in 2008. Based upon 
the expert panel's feedback, AHRQ, in conjunction with the PSWG, 
revises and refines the Common Formats.
    The Agency is specifically interested in obtaining feedback from 
both the private and public sectors on the new Common Formats--Hospital 
Version 1.2 to guide the improvement of the formats. Information on how 
to comment and provide feedback on the Common Formats--Hospital Version 
1.2, is available at the NQF Web site for Common Formats: http://www.Quality.forum.ORG/projects/commonformats.aspx.
    The process for updating and refining the formats will continue to 
be an iterative one. Future versions of the Common Formats will be 
developed for ambulatory settings, such as ambulatory surgery centers 
and physician and practitioner offices. More information on the Common 
Formats can be obtained through AHRQ's PSO Web site: http://www.PSO.AHRQ.gov/index.html.

    Dated: April 5, 2012.
Carolyn M. Clancy,
Director.
[FR Doc. 2012-8743 Filed 4-12-12; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4160-90-M