OU Medicine News

June 19, 2017

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OU Physicians earns national designation from health care oversight group

(Oklahoma City) OU Physicians, the state’s largest physician group, today 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 awarded OU Physicians a full three-year accreditation – the maximum length possible – after conducting an extensive site review of OU Physicians clinics and facilities.

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. 

“We are committed to enhancing clinical care, quality and patient outcomes, and we work continuously to accomplish those objectives,” said Lynn Mitchell, M.D., OU Physicians chief medical officer.  “We are proud of the work we do here and are honored to be awarded national accreditation. It signifies a commitment to excellence across the board.”

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 observations of departments and clinical work areas in addition to reviews of policies and procedures. The overall clinical environment is assessed with special attention given to quality and patient safety concerns.

Only a small number of the nation’s university-based physician groups have been awarded accreditation during the 38-year history of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. OU Physicians earned its first accreditation in 2008.

 

About OU Physicians

With more than 960 doctors and advanced practice providers, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City, Lawton and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians. To learn more about OU Physicians, go to https://www.oumedicine.com/ou-physicians .

About the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care

Founded in 1979, AAAHC is the leader in ambulatory health care accreditation with more than 6,000 organizations accredited nationwide. AAAHC  accredits a variety of organizations including, ambulatory surgery centers, office-based surgery centers, endoscopy centers, student health centers, military health care clinics, and large medical and dental practices. AAAHC serves as an advocate for the provision of high-quality health care through the development of nationally recognized standards and through its survey and accreditation programs. AAAHC accreditation is recognized as a symbol of quality by third-party payers, medical organizations, liability insurance companies, state and federal agencies and the public. To learn more about AAAHC, go to http://www.aaahc.org/about/ .

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