UHMS Accreditation for Free-Standing Hyperbaric Clinics: What is the benefit?

Is it a goal of your free-standing hyperbaric clinic to achieve UHMS Accreditation? If not, your facility is missing a huge opportunity. Having UHMS Accreditation sends the message to referring physicians, regulatory and insurance companies, patients, and your local community that meeting a national standard of high quality health care is your clinic’s #1 priority.

Becoming a UHMS Accredited facility proves that your facility has been examined at by a non-biased third party and found to be on a level playing field with a hospital environment. It also proves that your facility has a very competent clinical team. Accreditation reassures regulators and insurance companies by satisfying concerns about safety practices and quality patient care.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is this, it may cost your facility more money up front to earn UHMS Accreditation, however, look at the cost benefit. If practitioners trust your facility and make more referrals, your caseload increases, and with it your bottom line. Insurance providers trust that your quality of care is at the highest level, so reimbursement is not in question. When your bottom line increases, your clinic doors stay open, and you keep your job! And, if your staff has a higher level of knowledge, competence, and performance you will have less incidents that occur, and thus incur less overall risk.

“The UHMS accreditation process offered my office based hyperbaric centers an opportunity to be compared with outstanding hospital affiliated centers across the nation. Much like office based radiation oncology practices that are surveyed and accredited by The American College of Radiology ( a complementary accrediting organization with Joint Commission), the UHMS accreditation has given us an opportunity to negotiate with commercial carriers on a level playing field with outpatient hospital departments. Additionally, it is always important to have another set of eyes looking over your safety procedures and validating that your efforts are first rate!”  -Helen Gelly, MD, FCCWS, UHM/ABPM, HyperbaRXS

Credentialing Standards

For more information about credentialing standards, we invite you to read the recently published UHMS Credentialing and Privileging Guidelines for Hyperbaric Medicine Physicians in the U.S.A.

The guidelines detail the essentials of credentialing standards for hyperbaric medicine physicians practicing in the U.S.A. These standards were developed by an ad hoc committee of the UHMS. As per John J. Feldmeier, DO, FACR, FUHM and President of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS), “this document is not meant to be an all encompassing statement of credentialing and privileging for hyperbaric physicians. We plan to publish a larger document in a future edition of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Journal to address more detailed standards for American physicians as well as standards for privileging our international UHMS members in their own countries.”

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