What is the ACHM?
The ACHM is a professional society dedicated to appropriate utilization, standards of care, education, training, certification, and recognition of hyperbaric oxygen therapy as a distinct medical specialty.
The American College of Hyperbaric Medicine was founded in 1983 in support of clinicians practicing hyperbaric medicine who recognized the importance of therapeutic oxygen in clinical applications, especially wound management.
What does the ACHM do for it’s members?
Quality assurance and improvement in the practice of hyperbaric medicine is an integral part of the mission of the ACHM. The ACHM and its officers are dedicated to establishing relationships with Medicare and other insurance carriers. ACHM physicians continue to serve on advisory committees that advise on payment policies and practice issues. The ACHM recently published recommendations to guide hospitals in establishing physician credentialing standards. The ACHM has served as a primary educational resource for clinicians practicing hyperbaric and wound medicine and has established training criteria and certification pathways for clinicians. The ACHM has created certification examinations for physicians, nurses and technicians and endorsed the pathways to certification administered by the American Board of Wound Healing. To date, over 5000 individuals have received education, training or credentialing endorsed by the ACHM. These standards have been adopted by numerous hyperbaric facilities, and by third party payers. The ACHM hopes to build upon the work of its members to improve the quality, practice and expand the scope of hyperbaric medicine.