Top compliance challenges: 3 ambulatory care organizations

The top challenges for ambulatory care settings are important for providers to note and watch carefully going forward.

A new report from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care shows AAAHC-accredited organizations struggle most with a few key standards that drive a high portion of the partially- or non-compliant ratings, found in the AENEID Report.

Here are the challenges:

1. Ambulatory surgery centers

• Standard 2.1.B.11.F: Approving and ensuring compliance of all major contracts or arrangements affecting the medical and dental care provided under its auspices and ensuring that services are provided in a safe and effective manner, including those concerning The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services requirements if the organization participates in the Medicare/Medicaid program.

Office-based surgery organizations

• Standard 6.F: The presence or absence of allergies and untoward reactions to drugs and materials is recorded in a prominent and consistently defined location in all clinical records. This is verified at each patient encounter and updated whenever new allergies or sensitivities are identified.

Primary care organizations

• Standard 8.E: The organization requires at least one drill each calendar quarter of the internal emergency disaster preparedness plan. One of the annual drills must be documented cardiopulmonary resuscitation technique drill, as appropriate to the organization. The organization must complete a written evaluation of each drill and properly implement any needed corrections or modifications to plan.

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