DRIVEN TO A HIGHER STANDARD
The Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services was established to encourage and promote quality patient care in America’s medical transportation system. Based initially on the efforts of the American Ambulance Association, the independent Commission established a comprehensive series of standards for the ambulance service industry.
Accreditation signifies that your service has met the “gold standard” determined by the ambulance industry to be essential in a modern emergency medical services provider. These standards often exceed those established by state or local regulation. The CAAS standards are designed to help increase operational efficiency and decrease risk and liability across the entire spectrum of the organization.
The process includes a comprehensive self-assessment and an independent external review of the EMS organization. This independent process provides verification to your Board of Directors, city council, medical community and others that quality care is provided to the community.
All ambulance systems are eligible for the three-year accreditation including private, public, fire department and hospital-based.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Commission’s Board of Directors includes representatives of six national EMS-related organizations:
* AMERICAN AMBULANCE ASSOCIATION (AAA)
* AMERICAN COLLEGE OF EMERGENCY PHYSICIANS (ACEP)
* INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE CHIEFS (IAFC)
* NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF EMS PHYSICIANS (NAEMSP)
* NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF EMTs (NAEMT)
* NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE EMS OFFICIALS (NASEMSO)
* NATIONAL EMS MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION (NEMSMA)
With liaison representation from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration