AAAHC Institute Releases Three Non-Clinical Ambulatory Health Care Reports

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SKOKIE, IL— Three new non-clinical studies by the AAAHC Institute for Quality Improvement (AAAHC Institute), a not-for-profit subsidiary of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC/Accreditation Association), offer insights to enhance the quality and efficiency of some of the most common outpatient procedures. The reports range from addressing procedures that primarily affect the elderly (Cataract Extraction With Lens Insertion) to athletes and others with mobility concerns (Knee Arthroscopy with Meniscectomy), to screening for one of the most common cancers (Colonoscopy for Colorectal Cancer).
 
Participants provided detailed information about many of their policies and procedures to keep supply costs down, lower staffing costs, decrease facility time, expedite billing and collection and maintain high patient satisfaction. 
 
 “There is a growing need for best-practices information by ambulatory care facilities, as an increasing proportion of all health care procedures are performed in outpatient settings,” said Naomi Kuznets, Ph.D., managing director of the AAAHC Institute. “Our reports illustrate that excellent ambulatory patient care depends upon knowing and adopting certain practices and procedural efficiencies. One role of the Institute reports is to identify and promote practices that ambulatory health care professionals can use to provide a better experience to their patients.”
 
Benchmarking (comparison of organizations) is included in the reports for procedure-specific scheduling, facility time, billing and collection costs and patient satisfaction.
 
 
About the Studies
Organizations that had participated in other AAAHC Institute studies and/or were accredited by the AAAHC were invited to participate in the studies, and registration was also solicited via the Institute’s Web site.  The studies were not performed in a manner which would make these data appropriate for use in setting reimbursement rates.
To order copies of the reports or for more information, visit www.aaahciqi.org.
 
The AAAHC Institute for Quality Improvement (AAAHC Institute) is among the few organizations to provide ambulatory care providers with the opportunities for benchmarking on a national level. The Accreditation Association established the AAAHC Institute in 1999 to provide ambulatory health care organizations opportunities to participate in quality improvement and performance measurement studies and educational programs. To date, the AAAHC Institute has conducted and published more than 50 performance measurement studies and has convened annual national educational forums on quality improvement in ambulatory health care. Involvement in clinical performance measurement is a signal to patients, government agencies, professional liability insurers, and third-party payers, that an ambulatory health organization is committed to continually improving the care it provides to its patients. 
 
The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC/Accreditation Association), founded in 1979, is celebrating its 30th anniversary as the leader in ambulatory health care accreditation, with more than 4,400 organizations accredited nationwide. The AAAHC accredits a variety of ambulatory health care organizations, including ambulatory surgery centers, office-based surgery centers, college student health centers, managed care organizations, military health care clinics, and large medical and dental practices. The Accreditation Association serves as an advocate for the provision of high-quality health care through the development of nationally recognized standards and through its survey and accreditation programs. AAAHC accreditation is recognized as a symbol of quality by third-party payers, medical organizations, liability insurance companies, state and federal agencies and the public.
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