OU Physicians Achieves AAAHC Accreditation
In 2011, OU Physicians earned reaccreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, a national oversight organization that sets standards for health care providers across the country.
The association said it awarded OU Physicians a full three-year accreditation – the maximum length possible – after conducting an extensive site review of OU Physicians clinics and facilities.
“We are continually striving to improve clinical performance, care and patient outcomes,” said Lynn Mitchell, M.D., OU Physicians chief medical officer. “This designation signifies our commitment to excellence across the board. We are proud of the work we do here and are honored to be awarded national accreditation.”
OU President David L. Boren said, “The full accreditation of OU Physicians underlines the high standards of care made available to all Oklahomans by the state’s largest physicians group. It is another example of OU’s commitment to improve the quality of life in our state.”
Accreditation is a voluntary process that allows ambulatory health care organizations to measure their performance and quality of services against nationally recognized standards.
Only a handful of the nation’s academic-based physician groups have been awarded accreditation during the 32-year history of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. OU Physicians earned its first accreditation in 2008.
The process requires extensive internal assessment and evaluation as well as an on-site survey by a professional team of physicians, nurses and administrators. The site visit includes tours and observation in every department or clinical work area in addition to reviews of all policies and procedures. The overall clinical environment is assessed with special attention given to quality and patient safety concerns. OU Physicians was required to meet eight core standards and 19 adjunct standards, including medical home standards, as stipulated by the accrediting association.