About the Physician Practice Patient Safety Assessment (PPPSA)

The PPPSA is an interactive, self-assessment tool for evaluating:

  • Medication safety
  • Patient handoffs and transitions
  • Surgery and invasive procedures
  • Personnel qualifications and competency
  • Practice management and culture
  • Patient education and communication

When the Institute of Medicine published Crossing the Quality Chasm in 2001, health care providers learned the extent of preventable medical errors. With the majority of health services provided by doctors in their offices, every medical practice needs to be concerned about the care provided by its staff and physicians.

Use this tool to:

  • Gain specific ideas to improve patient safety
  • Compare your data to aggregate results for similar practices
  • Enhance your team's awareness of patient safety issues
  • Heighten providers' awareness of characteristics that make a practice safer
  • Create a new reference point and baseline to enhance and support patient safety
  • Document your successes and track your progress

With the PPPSA, your practice can provide safer and better care, reduce liability and facilitate a conversation among staff and physicians to identify opportunities to increase patient safety.

Download a free PDF copy of the PPPSA
Share the free assessment tool with key stakeholders in your practice . After reviewing the questions you can come back to the site to complete the online assessment (below).

Purchase and complete the PPPSA assessment online and access the comparative report
Thirty minutes after you purchase the report, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on completing the assessment. If you encounter any difficulties, please contact us at the phone number or email listed below.


  • Purchase of 1-4 reports: $145 per report
  • Purchase of 5-14 reports: $124.70 per report
  • Purchase of 15-49 reports: $95.70 per report
  • Purchase of 50 or more reports: $65.25 per report

Customized Analysis Reports are available and are priced on the scope of work
Completing the Physician Practice Patient Safety Assessment online is necessary in order to receive a copy of the benchmarking report. This key benefit lets you compare your responses with others who have completed the assessment. After completing the assessment and entering your results online, you will be able to print a copy of the assessment with your scores for each item, domain and total score. You can then compare your scores with the aggregate results from other practices. If you have more than one practice site, a separate assessment should be completed for each.

Contact the MGMA Service Center toll-free 877.275.6462 ext.1888 or email patientsafety@mgma.com.

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