Richmond Ambulance Authority Awarded Reaccreditation from CAAS
Feb. 14, 2018—The Richmond Ambulance Authority has been awarded reaccreditation by CAAS, the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services, which was established to encourage and promote quality patient care in our country's medical transportation systems. Based initially on the efforts of the American Ambulance Association, the independent Commission established a comprehensive series of standards for the ambulance service industry.
RAA was awarded reaccreditation for three years; the maximum extension allowed by CAAS, which included completion of a comprehensive application and onsite review by national experts in emergency medical services. “The CAAS reaccreditation validates the hard work and dedication of our staff who strive for excellence in the delivery of world-class EMS every day,” said CEO Chip Decker.
The primary focus of the Commission’s standards is high-quality patient care. This is accomplished by establishing national standards which not only address the delivery of patient care, but also the ambulance service’s total operation and its relationship with other agencies, the general public, and the medical community.
Accreditation signifies that RAA has met the "gold standard" determined by the ambulance industry to be essential as a modern, emergency medical services provider. These standards often exceed those established by state or local regulations. The CAAS standards are designed to help increase operational efficiency and decrease risk and liability across the entire spectrum of the organization.
RAA is one of only two agencies accredited in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and is one of only 27 EMS agencies in the United States accredited by both CAAS and the National Academies of Emergency Dispatch.