AAAHC stands for the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. The AAAHC is a non-profit, private organization that aims to assist health care organizations in improving patient care quality. They do this by reviewing, revising, and establishing standards, measuring performance and providing education and consultation. The AAAHC looks for many things when reviewing an organization for accreditation, below are some examples.
- Patient rights. Are patients treated with respect and provided with complete information regarding their treatment, rights, and responsibilities?
- Administration. Does the organization have a secure health information system and conduct regular patient satisfaction surveys?
- Quality of Care Provided. Do patients receive timely contact about any problems and is there a system in place for patient transfer if need be?
- Infection Prevention and Control. Does the organization follow nationally recognized infection control guidelines and document its infection control safety programs?
- Facilities and Environment. Does the practice comply with state and local building codes and have a plan to handle emergencies that may arise?
- Anesthesia Services. Does a qualified physician supervise these services?
These are just some examples of what the AAAHC looks for when surveying an organization. To see the full list of credentials, click here.
Why is it important?
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