42nd Medical prepares for three assessments



by Rebecca Burylo
Air University Public Affairs


9/6/2013 - MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. - -- Maxwell's 42nd Medical Group maintains mission readiness as it prepares for not only the upcoming Consolidated Unit Inspection but also its own Health Services Inspection and Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care survey Sept. 9-13.

Originally scheduled for August, the HSI and AAAHC will now be conducted simultaneously with the CUI.

The HSI will review different areas than the CUI, said Capt. Tony Lawrence, 42nd Medical Group resource management flight commander.

"The HSI and CUI are two separate events," Lawrence said. "The CUI team will look at programs that support wing-level initiatives such as emergency management, contingency operations, personnel reliability, unit voting assistance and electronic records management."

Other specific areas the CUI will review are business operations, support services, emergency management, education and training, patient information and records.

The HSI and AAAHC, conducted every three years, will focus primarily on healthcare delivery and medical practices and policies.

Nine Air Force Inspection Agency inspectors will review documents and interview clinical staff to assess their adherence to Air Force instructions.

Also, three inspectors from AAAHC will determine the 42nd Medical Group's compliance with national ambulatory care guidelines.

The last HSI inspection was conducted in 2010, when the clinic received a "satisfactory" rating.

Colonel Marina Ray, 42nd Medical Group commander, said the clinic has refined their processes and programs to en sure compliance with Air Force standards and to improve their HSI score.

"The 42nd Medical Group strives to provide top-quality healthcare services to our beneficiaries," Ray said. "Our personnel are a group of dedicated healthcare professionals who are committed to excellence."

Preparation for the inspection has been an ongoing process, Lawrence said.

"We believe in inspection readiness daily," he said. "We start by doing our best to consistently follow procedures as governed in Air Force instructions and higher headquarters. The goal for us is to achieve a constant state of operational readiness, so we strive to maintain standards that ensure we are inspection ready at all times."