According to its website, CAAS was “established to encourage and promote quality patient care in America’s medical transportation system.”
A press release about the accreditation said this meant the agency had met the “gold standard” determined by the ambulance industry.
“These standards often exceed those established by state or local regulation. The CAAS standards are designed to help increase operational efficiency and decrease risk and liability across the entire spectrum of the organization.
“The process includes a comprehensive self-assessment and an independent external review of the EMS organization. This independent process provides verification to your board of directors, city council, medical community and others that quality care is provided to the community,” the release continued.
“We are extremely pleased that we have established a ‘Gold Standard’ for the nine counties we serve,” RPS Director of Operations and COO David Waid said. “Our goal was to achieve the standard in order to provide not only for our counties, but the communities and citizens of those counties the highest level of care possible. We could not have achieved this without the support of our employees, and the dedication of the management team at RPS.”
All ambulance systems are eligible for the three-year accreditation, but they must complete the rigorous process of inspection and accreditation.
Each application for accreditation goes through a five-step process before being approved, that includes self-evaluation as well as evaluation by the independent CAAS organization and a deliberation of its board of directors.
The commission's board of directors includes representatives of six national organizations related to emergency services:
•American Ambulance Association
•American College Of Emergency Physicians
•International Association Of Fire Chiefs
•National Association Of EMS Physicians
•National Association Of EMTs
•National Association Of State EMS Directors
•Liaison from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Although the accreditation standards have changed with new technology and other advancements, the introduction to the original standards is still the focus of a CAAS accreditation, according to the agencies website.
“The applicant service desiring to become accredited should do so with the knowledge that it will fall into a class that has more to prove every day, rather than less. That is, the conferment of a Certificate of Accreditation is not justification to rest on that laurel, but to prove at all times that such recognition is warranted. Along with the certification that the agency has met these standards in the past must be the commitment to continue striving to meet new standards and excel in ways not yet adopted into standards,” the website states.
As only the second company in the state to receive the accreditation, Waid said they had worked hard for the accreditation and would continue to work hard to meet and exceed those standards in the future.