The Center for Advanced Reproductive Services (CARS) ambulatory surgery center has been accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Accreditation distinguishes the CARS ambulatory surgery center from many other outpatient facilities through its adherence to rigorous standards of care and safety. Status as an accredited organization means CARS has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by AAAHC. “Accreditation underscores our commitment to providing the highest possible levels of quality care,” stated Paul Verrastro, CEO, The Center for Advanced Reproductive Services. “We are extremely proud to have our efforts recognized with this accreditation.”
While the onsite survey is an important component of the process, ongoing compliance and continuous improvement are part of the accreditation maintenance mindset that a facility should integrate into its daily activities long after the survey has been completed. The intent of accreditation is for organizations to adopt policies and procedures that fuel ongoing quality improvement and self-evaluation every day. Ambulatory health care organizations seeking AAAHC accreditation undergo an extensive self-assessment and onsite survey by AAAHC expert surveyors – physicians, nurses, and administrators who are actively involved in ambulatory care. The survey is peer-based and educational, presenting best practices to help an organization improve its care and services. More than 6,100 ambulatory health care organizations across the United States are currently accredited by AAAHC.
1095 Strong is a transformational movement and call-to-action spearheaded by the AAAHC to equip ambulatory leaders with the best of what they need to operationalize quality practices. The three-year, or 1,095-day, period between accreditations is a critical time when ambulatory health organizations, with help from proven experts, can develop the kind of everyday habits that enable leaders in the industry to provide the utmost in quality care to their patients. Organizations, such as CARS that earn AAAHC accreditation embody the spirit of 1095 Strong, quality every day, an ongoing commitment to high-quality care and patient safety.