We inspect facilities using stringent clinical and safety standards, and approve the physicians who work in these facilities.
Our accreditation program inspects non-hospital facilities providing medical services such as diagnostic imaging, diagnostic laboratory testing and non-hospital surgical services, as well as some hospital-based services under contract with Alberta Health Services. Expert advisory committees ensure physicians have the necessary training and skills to perform specific services in accredited facilities.
We also monitor diagnostic laboratories through the Alberta Laboratory Quality Enhancement program, and administer the Electrocardiogram Interpretation Examination to physicians who want to provide ECG interpretations as an insured service.
NEW FRAMEWORK FACILITATES INFORMATION-SHARING WITH AHS FOR NON-HOSPITAL SURGICAL FACILITIES
As accreditor for non-hospital surgical facilities (NHSF) in Alberta, the CPSA monitors the safety and quality of these facilities, some of which have contracts with Alberta Health Services.
To ensure AHS is up-to-date on the accreditation status of contracted NHSF, in 2015 the CPSA contributed to a new governance framework for these facilities. The new framework streamlines incident reporting and enables the CPSA to share accreditation assessment findings and reports with AHS, following review by expert advisory committee.
SASKATCHEWAN ADOPTS ALBERTA'S ISQUA-ACCREDITED*
Our closest eastern neighbour will soon be piloting Alberta’s internationally-accredited diagnostic laboratory standards.
The Saskatchewan College of Physicians and Surgeons negotiated use of the CPSA-developed standards through a Memorandum of Agreement under the auspices of the Western Canada Diagnostic Accreditation Alliance.
This collaboration also benefits Alberta, by providing the CPSA with enhanced access to out-of-province assessors for its lab accreditation program.
*International Society for Quality in Healthcare