The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), is seeking community health centers and other primary care practices to participate in a pilot project to certify medical homes.
“The AAAHC medical home pilot, which includes an on-site survey, will give community clinics, medical practices and other primary care providers an opportunity to assess how they measure up to nationally recognized standards for medical homes and participate in a consultative process with their peers,” said John Burke , PhD, executive vice president and chief executive officer, AAAHC.
Organizations that are interested should contact Ron Smothers, assistant director, Accreditation Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible, since only a limited number of slots are available for participating in the pilot.
AAAHC, which in 2009 launched the nation’s first medical home accreditation, is the only organization to offer an on-site survey for medical homes. “The peer-based surveys are conducted by experienced professionals in ambulatory health care delivery,” Burke said. “Medical homes that participate will have the advantage of sharing ideas and gaining insights from colleagues who are experts in medical home standards.”
AAAHC has established specific standards for medical homes that require them to be patient-centered, physician-directed, comprehensive, accessible, continuous and organized to meet the needs of the individual patient.
The medical home certification pilot project will differ from the accreditation AAAHC offers in that the survey will not be as comprehensive as that required for full accreditation. The process involves a phone call from the surveyor prior to the review and an onsite visit from the surveyor, during which medical homes will be evaluated in the following areas:
- Relationship with the patient and the patient’s family and caretakers, when appropriate, and members of the medical home health care team
- Continuity of care including documentation of all consultations and appointments and proactively planned transitions of care
- Comprehensiveness of care including preventive and wellness care, acute care, chronic illness management and end-of-life care
- Accessible health care, available 24/7, 365 days a year
- Quality, physician-directed care and periodic assessment of evidence-based guidelines and performance measures
- Electronic data management that is continually assessed as a tool for facilitating AAAHC Medical Home standards
The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), founded in 1979, is the leader in ambulatory health care accreditation with nearly 5,000 organizations accredited nationwide. 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, large medical and dental practices and medical homes. In 2009, AAAHC launched an international accreditation program in Costa Rica and will expand accreditation to other countries in the future. The AAAHC 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. For more information visit www.aaahc.org