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Where Do Ambulatory Surgery Centers Excel and Struggle?

Published: February 24, 2014

ASCs and office-based surgical facilities score high marks for efficient management, cost containment and the respect they show patients, according to an accreditation agency's study. But they could improve operations by keeping a closer eye on physician credentialing, emergency preparedness and patient allergies.

The research report, published by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care's Institute for Quality Improvement, is based on the findings of more than 1,500 site surveys conducted between June 2012 and June 2013.

Known as AENEID (for "Accreditation Association Electronic National Evaluation and Information Dataset"), the report crunches the numbers of standards compliance to determine "where ambulatory organizations excel and where they struggle."

"For 35 years, AAAHC has collected performance data on ambulatory health care organizations, and the AENEID initiative represents the first time we're transforming our warehouse of information into a useable educational tool, both for our accredited organizations and for the industry as a whole," says association president and CEO John Burke, PhD.

In analyzing compliance trends, the AAAHC's report lauds facilities for involving patients in their healthcare decisions and for demonstrating concern for the costs of care. But it also sees a need to consistently document patients' allergies and to run at least 1 disaster preparedness drill per quarter.

David Bernard

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