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AAAHC Institute for Quality Improvement Corner

AAAHC Institute Announces Registration for Two Studies.

The AAAHC Institute for Quality Improvement is taking registrations for two quality improvement (QI) studies, Myringotomy with Tympanostomy Tube Insertion Study 2006 and the Ambulatory Surgery Non-Clinical Benchmarking Study 2006. Organizations that take part in an AAAHC Institute study receive a free, electronic copy of the finalized study report. Also, participation in the AAAHC Institute studies will help meet accreditation standards specified in Chapter 5-II-C of the AAAHC Accreditation Handbook for Ambulatory Health Care 2006.

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NCQA Earns New Accreditation Rights

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and the American Associations for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) have some new competition when it comes to the accrediting of preferred provider organizations (PPOs).

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JCAHO 2007 National Patient Safety Goals Implementation Expectations

Implementation expectations have been added to each requirement and appear in the same format as elements of performance (EPs) in standards. In addition, rationales have been added to some of the requirements. Organizations providing care relevant to these goals are responsible for implementing the applicable requirements or effective alternatives. Compliance with these requirements is assessed throughout the accreditation cycle, through on-site surveys, and the Periodic Performance Review (PPR).

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Accreditation: Learn It, Live It, Love It

What you can do to be survey-ready 365 days a year. Once you’ve spent the time and resources to achieve accreditation, “Why let all that knowledge go to waste?” asks Annamarie Carey-York, MBA, the executive director of Kendall Pointe Surgery Center in Aurora, Ill.

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Other Risk Management News and Accreditation Updates

› Draft Candidate 2007 National Patient Safety Goals, Requirements and Implementation Expectations (PDF)

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