Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc.

Accreditation is a voluntary process through which a health care organization is able to measure the quality of its services and performance against nationally-recognized Standards. The accreditation process involves self-assessment by the organization, followed by thorough on-site review by the AAAHC's expert surveyors, who are themselves, health care professionals.

The AAAHC Certificate of Accreditation is a sign that an organization has committed to providing high-quality care and that it has demonstrated its commitment by achieving AAAHC Standards. The real value of accreditation, however, lies in the consultative and educational process that precedes the awarding of the certificate. It is this on-going process of self evaluation, peer review and consultation that helps an organization improve its care and services.

What is the AAAHC?

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, also known as AAAHC, is a private, non-profit organization committed to developing Standards that advance and promote patient safety, quality health care, and value in ambulatory health care settings through peer-based accreditation processes, education and research. Accreditation is awarded to organizations that are found to be in compliance with AAAHC Standards.

What Does Accreditation Mean for My Care?

Whether you are getting ready to undergo a surgical procedure, selecting a pediatrician for your newborn, or something in between, your health care choices matter. You should feel empowered to ask your physician questions, not only about his or her personal credentials and training, but also about the practice as a whole.

Seeing the AAAHC Certificate of Accreditation can help answer some of your questions. AAAHC accreditation means that the organization has undergone a thorough review of its policies and practices and is committed to quality patient care.

A list of AAAHC-accredited facilities can be found on this web site by clicking here. If you don't see your center listed, ask about their accreditation status. They may be accredited by another organization or they may have chosen not to undergo any accreditation process.

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care is a private, non-profit organization formed in 1979 to assist ambulatory health care organizations in improving the quality of care provided to patients. It accomplishes this by setting Standards, measuring performance and providing consultation and education where needed. Accreditation is ultimately awarded to those organizations that are found to be in compliance with AAAHC Standards.

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