The shift of healthcare delivery from inpatient to outpatient settings continues at a rapid pace, allowing people to address their needs through practitioners and places never imagined 10 years ago. Consumers today also are more active in the healthcare decisionmaking process, seeking information and alternatives related to treatment and payment options.
These changes underscore the value of accreditation, a powerful way an organization can demonstrate its commitment to quality care via a process that strengthens relationships with staff and recommits teams to practices that deliver superior outcomes. This year, the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care marks its 35th anniversary, a testament to the educational, motivational and transformative influence relationships can have on healthcare delivery. The AAAHC accredits more than 20 types of facilities, including ambulatory surgery centers, university health centers, medical homes, retail clinics and urgent-care centers.