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TAKE A NEW ROUTE: UHMS PROGRAM FOR ADVANCED TRAINING IN HYPERBARICS (PATH)

ENOCH HUANG MD, FUHM  •  E: enoch.huang@mac.com  •  Twitter: @POTUHMS

Let’s talk education.

There is currently a low bar to practice undersea and hyperbaric medicine (UHM). Most hospitals only require completion of a 40-hour introductory course in hyperbaric medicine (ICHM) to get hospital privileges, and some organizations are offering portions of the ICHM online, circumventing the UHMS requirement that those 40 hours be conducted in person with live, face-to-face encounters with course faculty.

On the other end of the spectrum, the UHMS considers UHM fellowship training and American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) UHM board certification to be the gold standard when considering education in hyperbaric medicine, and we recommend this pathway for all new graduates and anyone who has the means to do so.

However, we recognize that not every current practitioner can take a year off from work to complete this process. This is where the Program for Advanced Training in Hyperbarics (PATH) comes into play. This extensive online program allows individuals to earn recognition for the extra effort that they have put into obtaining advanced education in hyperbaric medicine. Physicians (MDs/DOs) will be able to earn a Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ), and Advanced Practice Clinicians (NPs/PAs) will be able to earn a Certificate of Advanced Education (CAE), demonstrating that they have gone above and beyond the minimum 40-hour ICHM.

While other organizations offer a CAQ in hyperbaric medicine, the UHMS CAQ is different: The requirements are much more stringent and involve both didactic material as well as a peer-reviewed clinical management component as part of the PATH. Additionally, the UHMS PATH will be the first program to include Advanced Practice Clinicians (APCs), who will be able to earn a Certificate of Advanced Education. While the issue of whether APCs should be allowed to supervise hyperbaric oxygen (HBO2) treatment or not is still actively debated, this is an issue that is outside the control of the UHMS and is regulated by the laws of individual states. The UHMS Board of Directors voted to embrace our mission of education and raise the level of education for all providers of HBO2.

Students in PATH will be able to earn more than 100 hours of CME reviewing a carefully curated syllabus of pertinent hyperbaric literature and video lectures. They will also have to submit cases that they have seen and personally managed for peer review and feedback. There will be live online case conferences where nuances of management decisions and documentation pearls will be discussed. Finally, students will have to complete an in-person hands-on skills lab to demonstrate familiarity with chamber systems and treatment algorithms. This program is far and above what is available through other certification programs, which usually include only a written examination and a self-reported “log” of supervised treatments. Completion of the UHMS PATH will prepare the student to be a safer, smarter and superior hyperbaric practitioner.

Over a year in the making, the UHMS PATH represents an evolution of the Stellenbosch University CAQ program from several years ago. While that curriculum is still available directly through Stellenbosch University, this program was designed to meet the needs of UHMS members based on feedback received from enrollees and graduates of that program. We are continually refining the elements of PATH and will be rolling out additional modules as they are ready. As an overview, PATH will have the following components:

SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING

(9 blocks of material covering 70-plus assignments):

  • Reading assignments – Students will read selected textbook chapters, seminal articles and other publications.
  • Video presentations – Students will view selected PowerPoint presentations that have been selected from previous UHMS educational events or prepared especially for PATH.
  • Pre-test/Post-test – For each block of material, students will be given a pre-test and post-test. The pre-test will be “closed book” to assess baseline knowledge of the material prior to reading the assignments. The post-test will be “open book” and will be administered after all of the reading has been completed. Students will be given feedback on which questions were answered incorrectly on the post-test in order to research the content.
  • Final examination – After completion of all of the blocks, a final examination will be administered. Students must get 70% of answers correct on the final examination to be eligible for completion of the program. Students will be given three opportunities to pass the examination.
  • Case presentations – Students will submit case write-ups from the initial consultation to the end-of-treatment summary for peer review by a board-certified UHM faculty member. Students will have to receive a passing review of 10 cases (covering at least four distinct HBO2 indications) to be eligible for completion of the program.
  • Case conferences – Students will participate in regularly scheduled web-hosted case conferences led by board-certified UHM faculty members to discuss interesting cases and provide feedback on case workups. Students will be expected to attend six conferences to be eligible for completion of the program.
  • Skills lab – Students will have to complete the UHMS Hyperbaric Skills and Emergency Management course that will be offered periodically in a live setting. The tuition for the skills lab will be independent of PATH tuition.

IN SUMMARY

  • PATH is not a substitute for ABMS board certification in UHM, and its curriculum is certainly not a substitute for fellowship training, which is considered the gold standard for physician education in UHM.
  • There is a large knowledge gap between completion of a 40-hour ICHM and fellowship training.
  • The knowledge gained in a 40-hour ICHM is insufficient to fully prepare a clinician to practice the full breadth of undersea and hyperbaric medicine.
  • There is no formal training program other than the 40-hour ICHM available to APCs.
  • There is no means for clinicians who have undertaken additional continuing medical education in UHM to show that they possess training/education above the most basic attendee of a 40-hour ICHM.
  • There is no means for foreign medical graduates to obtain ABMS board certification, and limited opportunities for them to receive an advanced certification in UHM.
  • Hospitals have no means other than board certification to identify more highly trained providers of UHM.
  • The UHMS feels that raising the level of knowledge for all providers of UHM falls within its mission to develop and promote educational activities, symposia and workshops that improve the scientific knowledge of matters related to undersea exposures and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
  • While this CAQ and CAE will be provided and recognized by the UHMS, it will ultimately be up to hospitals and other regulatory agencies to determine whether they will require any minimum training requirements for practice.

We have been working hard on the foundation of this program, and will continue to refine and improve it based on your feedback. I look forward to seeing you all on the UHMS PATH.

QUESTIONS/ANSWERS ABOUT PATH

Here are several questions that have already been asked about the program:

Do I need to be a member of the UHMS to enroll in PATH?
Yes. You need to be a UHMS member in good standing to enroll in PATH and to maintain your CAQ / CAE.

Why is there a difference between the CAQ (for physicians) and the CAE (for APCs)?
Distinction. While both groups of providers will complete an identical curriculum, the committee felt that we needed to maintain the distinction between provider types.

Will there be CME credits for this program?
Yes. We will provide more than 100 hours of CME for the program. This is in distinction to the previous Stellenbosch program that did not award any CME credits. You will be awarded CME credits after each post-test is completed for the self-directed learning, after each case presentation that has been passed, and after each case conference attended.

If I completed the Stellenbosch CAQ program, do I have to take the UHMS PATH?
No. The UHMS CAQ awarded through the Stellenbosch program remains a recognized CAQ.

If I deferred completion of the Stellenbosch CAQ program, do I have to register for the UHMS PATH?
No. Students who deferred completion of the Stellenbosch program are automatically registered for the UHMS PATH.

Do I have to complete the blocks in order?
No. You can complete the blocks in any order you wish. As a matter of fact, we will be releasing blocks when the review committee has completed writing and reviewing the test questions, so they may not be released in the order that they are listed.

If I do not see patients in consultation, can I enroll in the program just for the didactic portion (self-directed learning)?
That depends. This will depend on the number of people who express interest in this option.

If I do not pass the examination or do not complete the course, can I get a refund?
Unfortunately, we will not be granting refunds if you do not complete the course. You will still receive the CME credits for any modules that you do complete.

Who was involved in the creation of the UHMS PATH?
I want to thank the following contributors who have provided advice, didactic content, examination questions, and/or feedback used for the creation of the UHMS PATH.

Robert Barnes MD
Richard Baynosa MD
Michael Bennett MD
Fred Bove MD
Walter Chin RN
Paul Cianci MD
Richard Clark, CHT
Paul Claus MD*
Bruce Derrick MD
John Feldmeier DO
Jake Freiberger MD*
Lisa Gould MD*
Neil Hampson MD
Sean Hardy MD
Harriet Hopf MD
James Holm MD*
Enoch Huang MD*
Folke Lind MD
Simon Mitchell MD
Hassan Murad MD
Heather Murphy-Lavoie MD*
Neal Pollock PhD
Michael Strauss MD
Bill Tettelbach MD
Richard Vann PhD
Lindell Weaver MD
Gene Worth MD

*PATH Committee Member

From the First Quarter 2017 issue of Pressure, the UHMS member newsletter. See the entire open-access document at:

https://www.uhms.org/publications/pressure-online.html

UHMS is gearing up for the 2016 ASM

I am excited to tell you about the upcoming 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting: It’s at the Tropicana Las Vegas Casino Hotel Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 9-11, 2016.

While the conference is not until June, it is important to remember that abstracts are due on March 27, and award nominations are due by April 15.  Get more information on the UHMS website http://www.uhms.org.

We have some great precourses and postcourses this year. We will have our annual pre- and postcourses dealing with accreditation by Tom Workman. In addition, we have two fantastic precourses being held on Wednesday, June 8.

Our hyperbaric precourse will be “Hyperbaric Medicine Skills and Emergency Management” led by Dr. Enoch Huang and Dr. Sandra Wainwright. This will include lectures and demonstrations of hyperbaric-related emergency scenarios and procedures. It will include hands-on simulations of infrequently performed emergency procedures as well as peer-reviewed management of emergency hyperbaric scenarios.
The diving precourse will be “Harvesting and Aquaculture Divers Safety (HADS) Workshop” led by Dr. Neal Pollock and co-sponsored by DAN. This one-day workshop will promote understanding, education and safety within and concerning the worldwide harvesting and aquaculture diving community. Presentations will consider history, range of practice, operational guidance, accident patterns, clinical management, ongoing and emerging risks, and mitigation strategies.
We have some spectacular keynote speakers this year.  Dr. Richard Moon, the Lambertsen Lecture speaker, will be presenting “Investigations into Living and Working under the Water: Where Have We Been and Where Do We Need to Go?”  Dr. Michael Bennett, the Kindwall Lecture speaker, will be presenting “Medicine or Marketing? What We Need to Do to Survive in the 21st Century.”

We have multiple plenary sessions, with some great topics and speakers lined up.  We will have an extended plenary called “Access to Emergent Hyperbaric Therapy in the United States” which features two speakers: Dr. James Chimiak from DAN and Walter Chin, Past PacUHMS President from UCLA.

Dr. Folke Lind, our current Vice President, will lead a panel discussion on “International Perspectives on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.”  Dr. Richard Baynosa, PacUHMS President and Chief of Plastic Surgery at UNLV, will present on “Flaps, Grafts, and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.”  Dr. Simon Mitchell will be speaking on “Guidelines for Prehospital Management of Diving Injuries.”

Dr. Enoch Huang, our current President-Elect will present “Understanding Hyperbaric Dosing.”  Dr. Enrico Camporesi, our new UHM Journal editor, will speak on “The History and Evolution of UHMS Journals and Publications.”  We will have an optional noon plenary by Drs. Caroline Fife, Helen Gelly, and Marc Robins on “The Merit-Based Incentive Payment System, the National Hyperbaric Registry and the Future of US HBOT Reimbursement.”

The final plenary will but the very popular “New Pearls of Wisdom in the Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine Literature.” Two current UHM Fellows to present a summary of the most valuable articles in the field from the last several years. Brad Hickey (LSU) and Peter Ceponis (Duke/IMC) will be the presenters this year.

In addition, Valerie Short, Matt Schweyer and Kip Posey will be organizing the Associates (Non-Physician Track) Break-Out Session scheduled for June 9.  This should be a great program as well. They will be sending out information about that program soon.

I look forward to seeing you all in Las Vegas.  Start working on your abstracts, and register soon at https://www.uhms.org/annual-scientific-meeting/registration.html.

Dr. Jim Holm, President, UHMS

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The UHMS Annual Scientific Meeting’s primary goal is to provide a forum for professional scientific growth and development of the participants to improve knowledge and competence in order to further patient outcome. The meeting provides a basis for exchange of ideas, both scientific and practical, among physicians, researchers, and other health professionals. The UHMS Annual Scientific Meeting consists of abstract and poster presentations, plenary sessions, the annual Kindwall and Lambertsen Lectures, and other social events. There will be exhibits from a number of hyperbaric, diving and wound care vendors. The Annual Meeting also affords an opportunity for participants to meet and interact with past and present leaders of the Society and to become active in Society affairs.

Important Notice to UHMS Members: Email Spearfishing Scheme

Dear UHMS Members:

We are informing you that the UHMS was the victim of an email “spearfishing” scheme where documents were disclosed to an unknown party consisting of the names and emails of our membership. This unfortunate event has been reported to Federal authorities and they along with the UHMS board of directors and management believe that we should urge each member to be very cautious if you receive any suspicious emails from anyone claiming they are from the UHMS.

UHMS emails coming to the membership will come from staff using only their name@uhms.org (example jpeters@uhms.org), and not a personal email like name@gmail.com or name@hotmail.com.

Do not respond to any email that comes from a team member of the UHMS that contains a non UHMS email and if you do please, contact the UHMS offices immediately.

Additionally, we will continue to communicate with our membership through electronic means (eBlasts) such as the UHMS@UHMS.org email, as well as our social media accounts LinkedIn and Facebook and also our UHMS Blog at https://uhmsblog.wordpress.com/.

Always, if you have questions or are concerned about any email correspondence you receive please call us at

877-533-UHMS. Thank you!

Regards,

John S. Peters, FACHE

Executive Director, Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society

Coming Soon: Gulf Coast Chapter Meeting and Special Diver’s Day Pre-Course

Join us September 11-13, 2014 for a unique and dynamic 2 1/2 day CME/CEU accredited event that will give you the tools you need to create an exceptional practice in diving and undersea medicine, hyperbaric medicine, and wound care.

The upcoming Gulf Coast Chapter Meeting of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) is taking place this year in beautiful and relaxing Delray Beach, Florida. The UHMS considers the Gulf Coast Chapter Region the states from NC south to FL and west to NM. We would love for you to join us in sunny Florida!

Your local UHMS chapter meeting is the one event where you can learn and network with the best and the brightest leaders in the fields of diving and undersea medicine, hyperbaric medicine, and wound care. You will leave with all the education you need to take your clinical practice to the next level of success. Now through September 3rd save $50 off your registration! Register www.UHMS.org/event/GCC14

At the Gulf Coast Chapter meeting, industry pioneers will lead the charge, offering insight and education on the following:

  • Case Studies in Wound Healing and Updates in Wound Care
  • Updates in the Treatment of Radiation Injuries
  • A Panel Discussion on Updates in Vessel Pressure Testing, Equipment, and Regulations
  • A Novel Wound Scoring System
  • A special pre-course Diver’s Day on the afternoon of Thursday, Sept. 11 focused on the latest developments in dive medicine and practical applications for divers.
  • And a whole lot more!!!

The mouthwatering lecture schedule is online at https://uhms.site-ym.com/?GCC_schedule

As we are flying in leading experts from all over the U.S., we can guarantee there will be something to appeal to every practitioner hungry for more knowledge.

Take advantage of the special savings now through September 3rd and save $50 off your registration!

WAYS TO REGISTER

Online: www.UHMS.org/event/GCC14

Phone: +1-919-490-5140/877-533-8467

Email: uhms@uhms.org

Pacific Coast boasts the “most scientifically-based CME program of all the UHMS Chapters”

Are you looking for a high-quality, convenient, applicable CME/CEU course in undersea medicine, hyperbaric medicine, and wound care?

Join us this month (August 22-23, 2014) for a unique and dynamic two-day CME/CEU accredited event that will give you the tools you need to create an exceptional practice in diving and undersea medicine, hyperbaric medicine, and wound care.

“The UHMS Pacific Chapter is comprised of some of the world’s leading experts in the fields of dive and hyperbaric medicine. In addition to its outstanding members, the Pacific Chapter also boasts the world’s most ideal climate and administers CMEs that have been scientifically proven to supersede those of any other UHMS chapter. This year the UHMS Pacific Chapter meeting will be held in Newport Beach, CA, which is in close proximity to several attractions that clinicians, families, and tourists alike can enjoy.” – Walter Chin, President-Elect, UHMS Pacific Coast Chapter

Your local UHMS chapter meeting is the one event where you can learn and network with the best and the brightest leaders in the fields of diving and undersea medicine, hyperbaric medicine, and wound care. You will leave with all the education you need to take your clinical practice to the next level of success. Register today for the best price (and save)!

Industry pioneers will lead the charge, offering insight and education on the following:

  • Industry trends
  • Practice models and wound scoring
  • Multiplace hyperbaric chamber reviews
  • Case reviews
  • And a special Diver’s Day on Saturday focused on the latest developments in dive medicine and practical applications for divers.

The mouthwatering lecture schedule is online at http://pacificuhms.org/Schedule-40-PACUHMS.htm

During the two-day meeting, nineteen different talks, panel discussions, and case reviews will cover many aspects of diving medicine, hyperbaric medicine, and wound care. Topics will include medications in the hyperbaric chamber, caring for a carbon monoxide poisoned patient, public safety diving in the La Brea Tar Pits, treatment of DCS, and in-water recompression. As we are flying in leading experts from all over the U.S., we can guarantee there will be something to appeal to every practitioner hungry for more knowledge. Click to see the full conference schedule and speaker bios here.

The price of registration for the Pacific Coast Chapter meeting includes access to hyperbaric medicine and wound care lectures, a Diver’s Day of educational lectures, and an exhibition with some of the industry’s top manufacturers of equipment, products, and services.

Set aside these dates and join us!

Catch the early bird pricing available only through August 4th and save $100 off the price of registration! Refer a friend or colleague and save even more!

When: August 22-23, 2014

Where: Marriott Newport Beach in Newport Beach, California

Click for Registration Details

New Leadership Brings Renewed Energy to the Society

John Peters, MBA, FACHE was selected for and agreed to assume the position of Executive Director of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) in April of this year (2014). He officially assumed the leadership role on July 1, 2014.

In the words of John J. Feldmeier, D.O., FACRO, FUHM and President of the UHMS at the time of John’s selection, “John is a young man but well known for his accomplishments and expertise in  business and hyperbaric medicine. He has committed to a 150% effort to the position. I believe that we will have his services as Executive Director for years to come and with this stability and the skill sets he brings, we will best be able to face the challenges to hyperbaric medicine anticipated in the next several years to come.”

At the Society’s business meeting, which was held at the Annual Meeting this past June (2014), retiring Executive Director Dr. Peter Bennett reported that while the UHMS is healthy financially, there will be many challenges in front of us that require better positioning of the Society. He noted several future planning points that he, Mr. Peters, and the BOD had laid out for accomplishing these goals. While the Society acknowledges the challenges, Mr. Peters expressed, “I am excited about change. For an entrepreneur, change means opportunity, and I see lots of opportunity.”

LOOKING AT THE CHALLENGES AHEAD

What issues take precedence for the new Executive Director? In John Peters’ own words, “With so many issues at our doorstep, it becomes critical to prioritize which ones have immediate, mid-, and long-term impact. We have national issues, of course, like regulatory and payment concerns, but the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society is an international organization with a diverse constituency, and often, our ’local’ issues run into conflict with the needs of our international mission. Over the next period, we will seek balance and involvement of all of our constituents here in the United States and abroad. One thing is sure: We need everyone working together. We have a wonderful opportunity to focus on a global data-gathering process for indication validation and new indication research. Based on the number of research papers being submitted to the UHM Journal, we are nearing 60 percent of those being international (i.e., outside the United States). This speaks volumes as to where the research is happening. This approach will help support our U.S.-based payment issues as well as similar issues in Canada, the UK, and Australia.John Peters, Executive Director, UHMSAs far as future initiatives, look for a focus on value. This includes increasing member benefits; the implementation of a new, robust online CME program; improving communication and assistance on CAQ requirements; and more. In addition, the BOD has sanctioned the creation of a stakeholder’s advisory panel with the aim of facilitating productive communication within the industry and work toward common goals. All these actions are geared around the Society growing its position as a the pre-eminent global organization for education, research, and science in hyperbaric and undersea medicine, and maintaining its 501(c)(3) status. Please join the Society and your fellow colleagues at the Chapter Meeting taking place in your region and at the Annual Scientific Meeting—the next one will be in Montreal in 2015.”

THE TEAM’S FUTURE

Mr. Peters is working closely every day with the Board of Directors and the Society President, Dr. Jim Holm. In Holm’s words, “There is no question that things are changing. The rapid growth in hyperbaric medicine practice in the United States and worldwide has not gone unnoticed. We are being constantly evaluated by our medical peers and by the payers (government, insurance companies, and patients). We need to provide high-quality and appropriate care for our patients and have this provided by ethical and educated providers. We must have much-needed scientific endeavors to provide a basis for our specialty, and we must provide the ongoing spectrum of training required for providers and their teams. We must also embrace and support the members of our community from around the world, in both undersea medicine and hyperbaric medicine. We realize the many needs of our members to have support for regulatory and reimbursement issues, but we must recognize our limitations as a non-profit 501(c)(3) medical society. Rest assured that we will be working with various stakeholders in industry, politics, and education to work for the common good. Despite these uncertainties, I am confident that our new leadership and team members will prevail. I invite all of you to become more active in the Society and to recruit at least one new member within the year. Welcome to Team UHMS. I can’t say we can fix everything, but we will listen.”

Grab Your Nearest Gadget and Save These Dates!

UHMS Chapter Meetings are back, and they are more engaging, enriching, and educational than ever!

Join us in one of three great cities around the U.S. for a unique, dynamic, three-day CME/CEU accredited event that will give you the tools you need to create an exceptional practice in diving and undersea medicine, hyperbaric medicine, and wound care.

Your local UHMS Chapter Meeting is the one event where you can learn and network with the best and the brightest leaders in the fields of diving and undersea medicine, hyperbaric medicine, and wound care. You will leave with all the education you need to take your clinical practice to the next level of success. Register today for the best price (and save)!

“Attending the Pacific Coast Chapter meeting has allowed me the opportunity to meet local and regional exports in the field. I have built and maintained strong personal and professional relationships over the years with these friends and colleagues, and I would not have been able to do that if I had not attended this meeting.” – E. Huang, MD, UHMS and PCC member

Industry pioneers will lead the charge, teaching about:

  • The latest developments in dive medicine and practical applications for divers (along with some very entertaining “salty sea tales”)
  • Solutions to current challenges facing hyperbaric clinicians
  • State-of-the-art strategies for treating problem wounds

Set aside these dates and join us!

Catch the early bird pricing still available for some cities and save $100 off the price of registration! Refer a friend or colleague and save even more!

Get these dates freed up and join us!

“STOP” prior to the start of every hyperbaric treatment: UHMS Position Statement

StopThe Safety Committee of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society recommends that a Safety Time Out/Pause (STOP) be performed prior to the start of every hyperbaric treatment. A STOP should be completed regardless of multiplace or monoplace operations. A STOP will be performed in order to be compliant with safety goals, to combat complacency, and document completion of our unique safety practices. We recommend that the STOP be modeled after the timeouts performed before surgical procedures.

The Practice of Hyperbaric medicine is a procedure-oriented specialty, each patient should have two identifiers verified and the patient should agree to the procedure. For the safety of patients and staff, we strongly encourage documentation of a STOP verifying the “Right Patient, Right Treatment and Right Safety.”

The STOP checklist should include: Checklist

  • Checking the patient ground (monoplace)
  • All prohibited items are removed from the chamber (both monoplace and multiplace)
  • The treatment profile and staffing plan should be confirmed
  • The completed STOP checklist dated and signed or initialed by two staff members prior to closing the door of the chamber.

The Society recommends that each hyperbaric facility and institution develop and implement a Safety Time Out/Pause (STOP) protocol with these basic elements. A more detailed protocol may be in order depending on the specific needs of the facility.

Reference: The Joint Commission, Standards, National Patient Safety Goal, Universal Protocol, accessed 4-12-2014 http://www.jointcommission.org/standards_information/up.aspx

Submitted: May 2014

Approved: June 2014

Posted: July 2014

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.”