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June 7, 2014

OU Physicians earns national designation after site review

NORMAN — OU Physicians, the state’s largest physician group, on Thursday earned reaccreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, a national oversight organization that sets standards for health care providers across the country.

The association awarded OU Physicians a full three-year accreditation — the maximum length possible — after conducting an extensive site review of OU Physicians clinics and facilities.

Accreditation is a voluntary process that allows ambulatory health care organizations to measure their performance and quality of services against nationally recognized standards. 

Only a handful of the nation’s academic-based physician groups have been awarded accreditation during the 35-year history of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. OU Physicians earned its first accreditation in 2008.

The process requires extensive internal assessment and evaluation, as well as an on-site survey by a professional team of physicians, nurses and administrators.

The site visit includes tours and observations of departments and clinical work areas, in addition to reviews of policies and procedures. The overall clinical environment is assessed with special attention given to quality and patient safety concerns.

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