BRENTWOOD, TN – Nov. 28, 2018 – SpecialtyCare, the largest provider of outsourced intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM) services, announced today that it has earned reaccreditation in Ambulatory Health Care from The Joint Commission, the premier healthcare accrediting body in the nation, by demonstrating continuous compliance with its nationally recognized standards.
The Ambulatory Healthcare Accreditation is effective for a three-year period beginning October 20, 2018, and applies to SpecialtyCare’s Remote Neuromonitoring Physicians business and the services provided by its real-time neuromonitoring professionals. The Joint Commission’s ambulatory healthcare standards are developed in consultation with healthcare experts and providers, measurement experts, patients, and are informed by scientific literature. They are designed to help organizations measure, assess, and improve performance.
The assessment included a rigorous review of SpecialtyCare’s environment of care, emergency management, credentialing standards, 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, a 10-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.”
“Joint Commission accreditation provides ambulatory care organizations with the processes contributing to improvements in a variety of areas, from the enhancement of staff education to the demonstration of leading practices within the ambulatory setting,” said Pearl Darling, MBA, executive director, Ambulatory Care Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. “We commend SpecialtyCare and its staff for achieving this pinnacle, demonstrating a commitment to patient safety and quality.”
Earlier this year, SpecialtyCare received recertification in Healthcare Staffing Services, further demonstrating 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.
Established in 1975, The Joint Commission’s Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation Program encourages high-quality patient care in all types of freestanding ambulatory care facilities. Today, the Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation Program serves 2,100 ambulatory care providers, with more than 8,500 sites of care, which, in turn, serve more than 83 million patient visits annually.
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 health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.
Contact: Lee Pepper, Chief Marketing Officer, SpecialtyCare