SpecialtyCare Intraoperative Neuromonitoring Earns Joint Commission Accreditation

By February 17, 2016

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SpecialtyCare Intraoperative Neuromonitoring Earns Joint Commission Accreditation

 Market Leader Adds Surgical Ambulatory Healthcare Accreditation to Certification in Healthcare Staffing Services

 NASHVILLE, Tenn.—February, 17, 2016—SpecialtyCare®, the largest provider of outsourced intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM) services, announced today that it has earned accreditation in Surgical Ambulatory Healthcare from The Joint Commission. By adding this highly regarded accreditation to SpecialtyCare’s certification in Healthcare Staffing Services, the company further demonstrates its commitment to providing patients, hospitals, and surgical teams with IONM expertise that ensures patient safety in the 60,000 complex procedures that SpecialtyCare supports each year.

Samuel Weinstein, MD, MBA, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at SpecialtyCare, said, “This accreditation is a testament to our unwavering commitment to provide quality and clinical excellence for our partner hospitals. More specifically, it is evidence of our operational standards and clinical expertise in intraoperative neuromonitoring. Our teams are expected, and indeed provide, support to our surgeons’ oversight of their patients’ health and safety during surgery. We are proud that our high level of performance has earned this recognition.”

The Surgical Ambulatory Healthcare Accreditation—effective for a three-year period beginning December 23, 2015—applies to SpecialtyCare’s Remote Neuromonitoring Physicians business and the services provided by its real-time neuromonitoring professionals, including their communication and collaboration with the company’s onsite surgical neurophysiologists and the surgeons and OR teams at its customer facilities. In addition to assessing the ability to provide safe and high-quality care, the survey included stringent review of the environment of care, emergency management, human resources, infection control, information management, leadership, national patient safety goals, patient care, performance improvement, records control, and patient rights.

“There are a great many benefits to an intensive review by The Joint Commission,” said IONM President, Jonathan Walters, an eight-year veteran of SpecialtyCare who took the helm of the IONM division in July 2015. “The operational and clinical rigor needed to achieve accreditation elevates the confidence and performance of our clinicians and physicians as well as our surgeon partners and their OR teams. It lends additional structure to continuous improvement efforts, strengthens patient safety standards, improves risk management, and provides access to the industry’s leading practice guidelines and resources. In short, this stringent review has enabled us to take an already rock-solid IONM program and make it even better.”

“We commend SpecialtyCare for its efforts to become a quality improvement organization, and achieving this pinnacle demonstrating a commitment to patient safety and quality,” added Michael Kulczycki, MBA, CAE, Executive Director of The Joint Commission’s Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation program.

Learn more about SpecialtyCare’s intraoperative neuromonitoring services at www.specialtycare.net.

About SpecialtyCare

Physicians and hospitals should always have the best possible means to ensure the most positive patient outcomes, while being able to maintain their own financial health and success. To help our customers achieve this, we are committed to delivering exceptional care outcomes, patient safety, and financial results in over 1,000 hospitals and health systems, supporting 13,000 physicians during 350,000+ procedures annually. This makes us the market leader in perfusion and intraoperative neuromonitoring, and the industry’s choice for autotransfusion, sterile processing management, surgical assist, and minimally invasive surgical support. In addition to nearly 1,400 clinicians providing superior quality care at the local level, our national presence gives our medical department access to extensive, unmatched clinical data for conducting research to identify trends, determine benchmarks, disseminate best practices, and foster innovation that maximizes patient outcomes while minimizing costs. We hold accreditation in Surgical Ambulatory Healthcare and certification in Healthcare Staffing Services from The Joint Commission. By leveraging the rigor of these programs, our extensive experience, and our own university—which includes a fully equipped OR for training—we develop expertise beyond industry requirements so that surgical teams can be certain they have the best partner for clinical excellence, always.

About The Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve healthcare for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating healthcare organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. An independent, non-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in healthcare.

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About SpecialtyCare

Over 13,500 physicians in more than 1,000 hospitals trust SpecialtyCare to help them achieve exceptional care outcomes, regulatory compliance, and financial results. With nearly 2,000 associates supporting almost 400,000 procedures annually, we maintain SCOPE, the SpecialtyCare Operative Procedural Registry®, which is used to define standards, determine benchmarks, establish best practices, foster innovation, and identify opportunities to reduce clinical variation that result in improved patient outcomes, increased efficiencies, and minimized costs. We are accredited and certified by The Joint Commission. By developing expertise beyond industry requirements, our customers can be certain they have the best partner for clinical excellence in perfusion, ECMO, autotransfusion, patient blood management, intraoperative neuromonitoring, deep brain stimulation, surgical assist, minimally invasive surgical support, and sterile processing consulting.