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With quality of care in the managed care arena coming under intense scrutiny, the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care Inc. (AAAHC) has published a guide to assist those seeking accreditation in reviewing its standards.
The AAAHC Guide to Reviewing a Managed Care Organization encompasses AAAHC’s core and adjunct standards, breaking them down so readers will learn exactly how they are applicable to a managed care organization. In addition, each section of the guide outlines exactly what AAAHC site surveyors look for in reviewing a managed care organization for compliance with the standards. AAAHC surveyors will use the guide during their on-site review of managed care organizations.
In other AAAHC news, the association is holding conferences to assist ambulatory health care organizations that are interested in association accreditation. The conferences are April 27-28 in Cleveland, and June 8-9 in New Orleans. The June event will also coincide with the AAAHC Institute for Quality Improvement’s (IQI) first National Quality Forum for Ambulatory health care.
Cost of the conferences is $515 for the first person from a non-AAAHC accredited organization; $475 for the first person from an AAAHC-accredited organization. Each additional person from the same organization can attend for a fee of $425. Combined pricing for participants of the AAAHC "Achieving Accreditation" education conference who would like to attend the IQI National Quality Forum is also available. The guide is available for $95.
For more information, contact the AAAHC at (847) 853-6060. Web site: www.aaahc.org.
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), is holding a series of one-day seminars for health care professionals to examine the risk for medical errors and develop practical strategies to improve patient safety. The Executive Briefings on the Patient Safety Standards: Designing Safer Health Care Systems will be held at these locations:
Participants will learn to identify characteristics inherent to health care that lead to errors and sentinel events. The courses will also focus on identifying specific high-risk activities, developing strategies to minimize risks for the most common types of medical errors, and using a variety of sources to establish organization-specific error prevention programs.
The seminar fee varies from $475 to $490, depending upon the location. To register, or for more information, call JCAHO at (630) 792-5800 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., central time, or contact the commission via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.