The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) released its 2013 Health Plan Standards for public comment September 20 through October 20. The Standards describe the qualities that AAAHC believes managed care organizations must have to be accredited, and against which organizations are measured when they seek AAAHC accreditation.

The managed care community is invited to provide feedback and evidence-based information and examples that support comments are especially welcome. Individuals may only respond to Standards that they believe warrant revision; they are not required to respond to every proposed Standard.

The AAAHC Health Plan survey process reviews both administrative office functions and a selection of medical care providers to give managed care organizations a rounded assessment of how they are serving both health care providers and patients.

Interested parties, such as AAAHC accredited organizations, surveyors, member organizations, medical specialty groups, regulatory agencies and the public at large, are invited to review and provide comments to the proposed Standards revision on the AAAHC website here.

In addition, AAAHC will host a free webinar, Introducing the 2013 Health Plan Accreditation Standards, October 30. The one-hour webinar will offer a look at the new AAAHC Health Plan Standards due to take effect January 1, 2013. The new Standards will incorporate the results of the feedback received during the public comment period. A one and a half day seminar: Focus on the 2013 Health Plan Accreditation Standards will provide an in-depth review of the new AAAHC Health Plan Standards for 2013 and the guidelines for meeting them. The seminar will take place at the Bellagio in Las Vegas November 30 and December 1, 2012. More information on the webinar and seminar are available at www.aaahc.org.