Where to go for help in your review

To obtain information about medical record quality standards that may be useful in preparing your patient files for an external review, contact:

American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities, 1202 Allanson Road, Mundelein, IL 60060-3808. Telephone: (847) 949-6058. Fax: (847) 566-4580. Ask to speak to Edward Stygar, Jr., executive director, and request a copy of standards used in the group’s accreditation site surveys.

Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, 9933 Lawler Ave., Skokie, IL 60077. Telephone: (847) 676-9610. Fax: (847) 676-9628. Request information from the survey processing department regarding the Accreditation Handbook for Ambulatory Health Care. The price is $50 plus $6.00 shipping and handling.

American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), 919 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1400, Chicago, IL 60611-1683. Telephone: (312) 787-2672. Ask to speak to the Professional Practice Section regarding medical record quality assurance criteria. (Assistance will be limited to AHIMA members only.)

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, 1 Renaissance Blvd., Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60189. Telephone: (630) 792-5900. Fax: (630) 792-5005. Ask for the associate director on duty in the Department of Standards, and request information on health facility medical record accreditation standards.

National Committee for Quality Assurance, P.O. Box 533, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701. Telephone: (800) 839-6487. Fax: (301) 953-2838. Request a copy of the Accreditation Standards for 1997. Cost is $55, plus $7.50 shipping and handling.