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OSM560-April_DIGITAL_Layout 1 4/5/13 2:29 PM Page 62 A C C R E D I T A T I O N 1. Administrative empowerment Being accredited, and having the accreditation body's backing, lets me tell our docs that not only should we be at the forefront of quality care, we have to be at the forefront of quality care. For example, our docs became frustrated when a new regulation seemed to require us to toss unused propofol from large economical vials that contained enough of the drug for use on multiple patients but, according to the regulation, could be used on only one. We were wasting the drug and money. By changing our policy and procedure, we were able to meet the new standard and do the right thing from an infection control standpoint. Accreditation also helps me secure capital equipment dollars for instrument upgrades that let us meet staff and patient safety standards. When we wanted to add laser procedures, for example, I included the purchase of a smoke evacuator. The docs asked, "Do we really need that?" Well, yeah, we do. 2. Improved negotiations Being accredited is a definite plus payors. In some locations, it might get you better rates and let you strike deals with payors that require accreditation before they'll offer a contract. It definitely keeps your 6 2 | O U T PAT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E | A P R I L 2 013 BY THE BOOK Accreditation manuals let you focus on what surveyors will look for during their next visit. Regional Ambulatory Surgery Center when negotiating with third-party

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