Why should ambulatory healthcare centers seek AAAHC accreditation?
For starters, it provides access to high-quality AAAHC standards that will improve your risk prevention activities, policies, and procedures. Think of the AAAHC accreditation process as a gateway to the insider information you need to meet the gold standard of care.
For example, by knowing what to aim for via AAAHC standards, you might adopt new activities – such as checklists and screening tools – that can improve your services, boost efficiencies, mitigate risks, and reduce liabilities.
Next, a peer audit gives you a third-party perspective about how your facility operates. Don’t overlook the enormous value of getting evaluated and assessed by a group of peers.
As you prepare for accreditation, you cross-walk your policies and compliance documentation with AAAHC standards, which helps point out areas of need and provides good insights into how you can improve. The accreditation process involves bringing in a team of peers to review your department, your processes, your documents, and your overall operations to make sure you are meeting those high AAAHC standards.
This review from seasoned, accredited ambulatory health care professionals provides valuable insights into how to better serve your patients.
Finally, you get an improved process for credentialing and privileging – a complex endeavor for all facilities.
According to an AAAHC report, one of the biggest obstacles healthcare facilities face in meeting AAAHC standards is poorly managed credentialing of all these visiting physicians. The accreditation process provides some structure for how you track and manage privileges, such as performing more audits, adopting standardized forms, and using a credentialing verification organization. This helps ensure providers follow proper credentialing procedures and renew licenses and certifications before they expire.
While AAAHC provides some help, many of our customers use PowerDMS to streamline the process. How? By storing documents like preference cards, privileging, credentialing, licensing, peer reviews, training, policies, procedures, and any other relevant records.