MAUI, HAWAII — The push for accreditation of office-based physicians' practices is accelerating—and ob.gyns. are climbing aboard the bandwagon.
The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) enables office-based physicians to demonstrate to patients, payers, and government regulators that they're practicing high-quality medicine even though they're not subject to the peer review extant in the hospital environment.
The AAAHC governing board of directors is composed of 17 organizations, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Dr. Roy C. Grekin explained at the annual Hawaii Dermatology seminar sponsored by the Skin Disease Education Foundation.
The AAAHC utilizes a unique peer-based review system. That means when an ob.gyn. practice gets surveyed, the review is conducted by an ob.gyn.
An AAAHC accreditation survey typically takes 1-2 days depending upon the size of the practice. Surveys are announced in advance. They are conducted in a consultative, educational rather than punitive fashion, with flexibility built into the standards. Ninety-nine percent of surveys end in accreditation for periods of 6 months to 3 years; the denial rate is less than 1%, according to Dr. Grekin, the AAAHC president and a dermatologic surgeon at the University of California, San Francisco.
“Our idea is to get you to pass. If we see something that's not right, instead of just penalizing you for it we'll try to help you do it right,” according to Dr. Grekin.
In addition to ob.gyn. offices and clinics, the AAAHC accredits a wide array of other outpatient organizations. More information is available at www.aaahc.org
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