Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Baltimore Washington Eye Center's Surgery Center & AAAHC

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care is a Federal organization that serves to oversee health care services that are provided on an out-patient basis.  Their purpose is to ensure these facilities are providing the highest quality care for patients through observations, interviews, and record review.  They not only look at the actual patient care but all of the processes that have been put into place that lead to a provision of safe and ethical care. 

Although highly recommended, it is not mandatory for ambulatory surgery centers to participate in this process.  However, Baltimore Washington Eye Center is committed to providing the highest standard of care to our patients and embraces this process as a means to have a benchmarking system in place to ensure our compliance with all State and Federal regulations.  The accreditation status survey is conducted by surveyors selected by AAAHC.  As a rule they are selected based on their experience in the service provided by the organization seeking accreditation.  Once the survey has been conducted the accreditation is awarded based on the findings of the survey.  The award given that reflects an organizations dedication to providing high quality care and services as well as being in compliance with all requirements set forth from the AAAHC and Medicare's Conditions for Coverage is three years.  That means, the organization has proven its commitment to giving the best care possible to its patients. 

We are proud to say that we have consistently received the three year awards since we first joined the AAAHC in 1986 and we will continue to endeavor to serve all of our patients with the highest quality care and service possible.  

Guest Blogger: Katie Guglietta, R.N., ASC Manager with the Baltimore Washington Eye Center