Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC)
All Coast Guard clinics must be accredited in order to provide health care services to our members. The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) conducts the accreditation surveys for all Coast Guard clinics.
Upon a successful survey, clinics are awarded a three year certification of an accredited facility having met all requirements as outlined in the Accreditation Handbook.
The accreditation certificate is a symbol that the clinic is committed to
providing high-quality health care and that it has demonstrated that
commitment by measuring up to the high standards of the Coast Guard Medical
Quality Assurance/Improvement program and the AAAHC standards.
In order to avoid a lapse in accreditation status, Coast Guard clinics must
undergo full, regular surveys at least once every three years. An
Application for Survey for the subsequent full accreditation survey
(referred to as a reaccreditation survey) must be completed. Upon receipt of
the application, the AAAHC will contact the clinic administrator to
establish survey dates. To prevent a lapse in accreditation, please ensure
that all documentation is submitted to the AAAHC at least five months prior
to expiration date. To download the survey applications please visit the
link to the right.
For questions regarding AAAHC related matters, contact Ms. Clarissa Ernest
at the HSWL SC via email
Clarissa.E.Ernest@uscg.mil or phone (757) 628-4924.