Several Republican Members of Congress who are also physicians sent a letter to Dr. Carolyn Clancy, Director of the Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ), to express their opposition to a new HHS proposal that would allow people to self-report medical errors. "While it is important to understand the subjective patient experience of care, it would be inaccurate to use this information as an objective standard of care," the lawmakers wrote. "Many patients do not have the medical knowledge to accurately determine when an adverse medical event occurred ... [and] there is a likelihood that the patient could mischaracterize it." Questions posed to the director centered on the government's intended handling and application of the data it would acquire, particularly with regard to patient privacy and medical malpractice.