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Throughout the accreditation process, AAAHC strives to assist organizations in understanding and meeting accreditation standards. 1095 Learn provides AAAHC-accredited organizations with the best resources to customize quality practices and ongoing engagement throughout all 1,095 days of the accreditation/certification cycle.
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Prepare for v43 handbooks
Prepare for the v43 editions of the Accreditation and Certification Handbooks with complimentary recorded educational webinars, Your Successful Transition to AAAHC v43 Standards.
Below are links to recorded presentation for Ambulatory Health Care (AMB) and the Accreditation Handbook for Medicare Deemed Status (MDS). Coming soon are recorded educational presentations for our AOC, HP, HPFEHB, and PCMH programs.
Access the recorded AMB and MDS presentations by choosing one of the registration links below. The sessions include a Question & Answer period.
|v43 AMB Clients
|Your Successful Transition to AAAHC v43 Standards – Ambulatory Accreditation Program
|Please register for Your Successful Transition to AAAHC v43 Standards – Ambulatory Accreditation Program
|v43 MDS Clients
|Your Successful Transition to AAAHC v43 Standards – Medicare Deemed Status Accreditation Program
|Please register for Your Successful Transition to AAAHC v43 Standards – Medicare Deemed Status Accreditation Program
Frank Chapman, MBA, is currently the chair of the AAAHC Standards Development Committee. He has been a Surveyor for AAAHC since 2005 and is a trained and active Medicare Surveyor specializing in endoscopic ASCs. Mr. Chapman has served as AAAHC faculty for several years and enthusiastically integrates his experience and knowledge into his teaching.
Tracy Katz, MSN, MS, APRN, FNP-C, CPHQ, is the Director of Standards Development at the AAAHC. In her role, she is responsible for leading the development of AAAHC Standards across all Accreditation and Certification Programs. Tracy is a Nurse Practitioner with more than 15 years of experience in health care, clinical projects, and product development and management.
Complimentary v43 digital copies will be available early next year for AAAHC-accredited organizations. Primary contacts will receive an email notification with the download link.
If your organization has an upcoming survey, please contact your account manager regarding the edition of the handbook you will be surveyed against.
Below are links to the recorded educational presentations for our AOC, HP, HPFEHB, and PCMH programs.
|v43 AOC Clients
|Your Successful Transition to AAAHC v43 Standards –
|Advanced Orthopaedics Certification Program
|Please register for Your Successful Transition to AAAHC v43 Standards – Advanced Orthopaedics Certification Program
Arnaldo Valedon, MD, MBAis an anesthesiologist who has been practicing day surgery for 26 years. He received his bachelor’s degree in science at Cornell University in 1987 and Doctorate in Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 1991. He completed a Global master’s in business administration at the Bayes Business School of the University of London, UK, in 2023.
Dr. Valedon has provided outpatient anesthesia and perioperative management services exclusively. He has served as medical director of three outpatient surgery centers, President of Summit Anesthesia and Perioperative Management, and Managing Partner and Chief of the Ambulatory Surgery Center Division of First Colonies Anesthesia Associates. Dr. Valedon currently serves as the Medical Director for Outpatient Perioperative Services and Director of Anesthesia Services at the WellSpan Health and Surgery Center at WellSpan Health in Pennsylvania. Dr. Valedon is the president-elect for the International Association of Ambulatory Surgery, of which he is currently a member of the General Assembly and Executive Committee. He is also the Past President of the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA). He is a Past Chair of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Healthcare (AAAHC), a board member of Acreditas Global (previously known as AAAHC-International), and current Chair of the Orthopaedics Expert Content Committee.
Helen Larios MBA, MSN, RN is the Manager of Standards Development at the AAAHC. In her role, Helen supports the development of Standards and is responsible for Standards interpretation. Helen is a nurse with more than 20 years of experience in health care, leadership, patient safety, and quality projects. Helen is also a staff liaison for the Orthopaedic Certification expert content committee.
|v43 HP/HPFEHB Clients
|Your Successful Transition to AAAHC v43 Standards – Health Plan/Health Plans FEHB Accreditation Program
|Please register for Your Successful Transition to AAAHC v43 Standards – Health Plan/Health Plans FEHB Accreditation Program
Susan Griffin, MSM has expertise in assisting healthcare organizations in various initiatives, including achieving accreditation, improving operations, transforming into a Medical Home, and complying with regulatory entities such as CMS/Medicare, Medicaid, OIR, and AHCA. Her 25 years of operational leadership include serving managed care health plans, long-term care facilities, AHCA licensed health care clinics, FQHCs, ACOs, ASCs, and urgent care centers. Her expertise includes Medicare and Medicaid contract applications, quality improvement, risk management, credentialing, customer/member services, appeals and grievances, provider/member database maintenance, claims, and contract negotiations.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science and a master’s in management.
Ms. Griffin has been a Surveyor for AAAHC since 2006. She chairs the AAAHC Standards Development Expert Content Committee for Health Plans and actively participates in continuously updating accreditation Standards.
Naté McCray, MHA, MHI is the Senior Standards Development Specialist at AAAHC. In her role, Naté supports the development of Standards and our key initiative for Health Equity. Naté began her journey at AAAHC in Accreditation operations as an account manager prior to joining the Standards Development team. Naté served as immediate past lead staff liaison for the Health Plans Expert Content Committee.
|v43 PCMH Clients
|Your Successful Transition to AAAHC v43 Standards –
|Patient-Centered Medical Home Certification Program
|Please register for Your Successful Transition to AAAHC v43 Standards – Patient-Centered Medical Home Certification Program
Michael Huey, MD is a family physician with a primary care sports medicine subspecialty. His 40+ year medical career included 4 years as a rural family physician with supervision of the local Indian Health Service and 30 years of college health. He retired in 2018 as Assistant VP of Student Health and Counseling and Associate Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta.
He has been active in the American College Health Association, and served as President in 2017-2018 and Interim CEO in 2020-2021. He is co-author of ACHA’s 2016 “Framework for a Comprehensive College Health Program.” He was a member of the ACHA COVID-19 Task Force and co-author of several ACHA COVID-19 preparation and planning guidelines for US colleges and universities.
In 2014-2015, he worked for CDC in the Ebola response and deployed to Sierra Leone in Summer 2015 as an Infection Prevention and Control specialist.
He has been a AAAHC surveyor since 2005, concentrating in college health, primary care, and Indian Health settings. He is the current chair of the Primary Care Expert Content Committee.
Tracy Katz, MSN, MS, APRN, FNP-C, CPHQ is the Director of Standards Development at the AAAHC. In her role, she is responsible for leading the development of AAAHC Standards across all Accreditation and Certification Programs. Tracy is a Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of experience in healthcare, clinical projects, and product development and management.
Explore how to design effective quality improvement (QI) studies that bring meaningful change to patient safety and overall efficiency. The Road to Success with Kershner QI Study Finalists live webinar presents key components for exemplary studies and recognize best practices and pitfalls when choosing study topics, gaining leadership buy-in, and determining appropriate metrics. Chuck Derus, MD outlines the facts and interviews this year’s AAAHC Kershner QI Study finalists about their best-in-class QI studies and insights on the quality improvement journey.
Hear straightforward, compelling, and easy-to-understand takeaways to improve your own QI studies.
Chuck Derus, MD
Dr. Derus has 38 years of experience in quality and performance improvement. He began his career as a rheumatologist, and then transitioned to chief medical officer roles in two HMOs, a Catholic healthcare system, a multispecialty group practice, and a hospital. He recently retired as CMO of Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Illinois. Good Samaritan is the only Illinois hospital recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the highest level of national recognition for performance excellence that a U.S. organization can receive. At Good Samaritan, Dr. Derus was instrumental in transitioning quality from a traditional approach to a Lean culture based on the Toyota Production System.
Julie Lynch, MS, BSN, RN
Ms. Lynch is a Registered Nurse and the Director of the AAAHC Institute for Quality Improvement.