Accreditation Sets You Apart
VALUE OF ACCREDITATION
CAAS accreditation is designed to help EMS agencies increase organizational performance and efficiency, increase clinical quality, and decrease risk and liability. Accreditation provides a template for making comprehensive organization changes that improve the overall performance of the organization. An independent review validates that accredited agencies are adhering to the highest standards in the industry.
ACCREDITATION IS IMPORTANT TO YOUR:
Patients (and your community)
Accreditation assures your patients that the service has met the Commission’s high standard for quality patient care and that the service stands ready to care for their families if needed.
Accreditation assures local officials that your service has undergone careful scrutiny by an independent review process. In future years, many local officials are expected to require ambulance accreditation.
Your medical community can be confident that your service is providing quality patient care in accordance with nationally-accepted standards. Ambulance accreditation is also important because of the important role you play in the health care team.
Your ambulance service will receive the recognition it deserves for its outstanding achievements. Your staff will be proud to be affiliated with a service which has met the Commission’s high standards. Accreditation may also provide you with a competitive advantage particularly when marketing your service.
Value of CAAS Accreditation
In this 10-minute interview, CAAS Executive Director Sarah McEntee walks through the value of CAAS accreditation.
Value of Ambulance Accreditation
Download and share this 12 page overview on the value of ambulance accreditation.
We believe there is great value in having an external party who is well versed in the best practices of EMS put us through our paces. We are a very process oriented organization and find that the CAAS accreditation audit is a great way to ensure our processes are functioning as designed. There’s no better validation of the quality of our processes than the CAAS accreditation audit. Not only does the CAAS accreditation validate the status of our vital processes, it also provides an added level of assurance for the community we serve that they have the right people on the job.
Mecklenburg EMS Agency (Medic)
HEMSI uses accreditation to validate to our community we are meeting the standards that will make a difference for our patients. We have experienced a significant benefit internally from the process helping us investigate and appraise ourselves in our operation. We have developed consistency in our processes and refined them by aligning them with our industry’s best practices.
Huntsville Emergency Medical Services, Inc. (HEMSI)
The CAAS standards guarantee high quality in all aspects of ambulance service operation while recognizing creativity and individuality in the way those standards are met.
CAAS Site Reviewer
Through CAAS accreditation EMS agencies are optimally positioned to address the innumerable challenges facing EMS today. This includes tough issues such as risk management, legal requirements, fiscal accountability, and patient safety. CAAS accreditation tells the community that your EMS agency cares enough to meet the “Gold Standard”.
Kathy J. Rinnert, MD, MPH, FACEP
University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX Professor,
Department of Emergency Medicine, Director,
EMS Fellowship Program, EMS Medical Director
The value of CAAS Accreditation for the Henderson Fire Department cannot be fully described, other than stating that it is our “secret weapon” to meeting the continuous challenge of excellence. The standards help us to ensure that we are consistently meeting or exceeding the highest expectations of our citizens and the industry. Since our first accreditation in 1999, the CAAS Accreditation process has proven itself over and over again as the number 1 planning tool in our “quality toolbox”. The Henderson Fire Department deeply values the commitment to excellence that CAAS stands for, and we look forward to living up to that challenge in the future.
Deputy Fire Chief – Support
City of Henderson Fire Department
Seeking CAAS accreditation seemed to be a natural extension of our commitment to providing a higher level of emergency medical services to our communities and our patients. The accreditation process has served as the single most effective way of educating our managers and field staff of the need to continually evaluate and improve our organization’s performance.
Scott A. Moore, Esq.
EMS Resource Advisors LLC
CAAS is not the cheapest way to be in the ambulance business. It’s the RIGHT way! Every member of our organization believes this stronger now than ever before.
Donald Lee McCown, Jr.
Medshore Ambulance Service