The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics, Inc. (ABC) has completed the development of the first comprehensive accreditation program exclusively for Central Fabrication facilities in the orthotic, prosthetic and pedorthic profession. With the increasing focus on the important role of central fabrication, it’s a natural progression for savvy business owners to want the same high standards from the facilities that provide this service as they demand of themselves.
ABC’s new program follows the mandate of its other accreditation programs; quality of care for the customer is of paramount importance. This new program will ensure that the entire continuum of care is represented by ABC accreditation programs, offering O&P business owners the assurance that those central fabrication facilities they partner with are held to the same level of standards that they have already met. In turn, consumers, referral sources and third party payers can also be assured that a stringent set of quality standards have been met.
According to Mike Allen, CPO, FAAOP, Facility Accreditation Committee Chair, “As new models of patient care are emerging, facilities are seeking central fabrication facilities who meet a certain set of standards, reflecting their commitment to the quality processes that directly impact the quality and outcome of patient care.”
The new program will follow the same model as all of ABC’s current accreditation programs, with an onsite survey and re-accreditation every three years. Central Fabrication facilities will be measured against 60 standards that directly correlate to best business practices and process improvement.
Examples include:• Device tracking systems• Accurate record keeping and documentation• Appropriately trained personnel• Device recall and failure procedures• Quality assurance programs
Watch the ABC website for more details in the coming months.