Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida is accredited by the accreditation association for ambulatory health care (aaahc). accreditation distinguishes hcn from many ambulatory health care organizations by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation. status as an accredited organization means hcn has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by aaahc. more than 5,000 ambulatory health care organizations across the united states are accredited by aaahc. not all ambulatory health care organizations seek accreditation; not all that undergo the rigorous on-site survey process are granted accreditation.
Ambulatory health care organizations seeking accreditation by aaahc undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by aaahc expert surveyors – physicians, nurses, and administrators who are actively involved in ambulatory health care. the survey is consultative and educational, presenting best practices to help an organization improve its care and services. going through the process challenged us to find better ways to serve our patients, and it is a constant reminder that our responsibility is to strive to continuously improve the quality of care we provide. the accreditation association for ambulatory health care, founded in 1979, is the leader in ambulatory health care accreditation with more than 5,000 organizations accredited nationwide. aaahcaccredits 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.
In 2013 – with our aaahc accreditation survey, we also became recognized as a pcmh.
hcn also received patient-centered medical home (pcmh) recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term, participative relationships.
The patient-centered medical home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs. medical homes foster ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians, instead of approaching care as the sum of episodic office visits. each patient’s care is overseen by clinician-led care teams that coordinate treatment across the health care system. research shows that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve patient and provider reported experiences of care.
To earn recognition hcn demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key elements, embodying characteristics of the medical home. aaahc standards aligned with the joint principles of the patient-centered medical home established with the american college of physicians, the american academy of family physicians, the american academy of pediatrics and the american osteopathic association.
Healthcare network of southwest florida is a federally qualified health center (fqhc), a non-profit community based health organization. an fqhc provides comprehensive primary care, dental and mental health services to persons in all stages of the life cycle. the center also assists patients to access specialty and hospital care services not available at the center.
Hcn operates under a board of directors comprised of at least 51% of hcn patients and functions under the supervision of the bureau of primary health care.
fqhcs were originally created to provide comprehensive health services to the medically underserved to reduce the patient load on hospital emergency rooms. they now bring primary health care services to the underserved, underinsured and uninsured people of the united states including migrant workers, and non-citizen visitors and guests.
FQHCs are typically located in areas where there are not enough physicians to serve the community and/or where existing clinical providers are not accessible to the underserved populations.
fqhcs are not free clinics but do provide their services to all persons regardless of ability to pay. fqhcs charge their services on a sliding-fee scale that is based on the patient’s family income and size.
“this health center is a health center program grantee under 42 u.s.c. 254b that receives 19% of its budget funded from federal funds, and a deemed public health service employee under 42 u.s.c. 233(g)-(n).”