Happy July 4th!
Last weekend, the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine (ACHM) Board had its first meeting with the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) Board. Issues such as reimbursement, advocacy, credentialing and education were discussed. Although both organizations can work on certain issues together, they will continue to provide unique and distinct benefits individually to its members.
Since its inception 34 years ago, in 1983, the ACHM has been dedicated to provide appropriate utilization and to maintain a standard of care, education, training, certification, and recognition of hyperbaric oxygen therapy as a distinct specialty.
Following accomplishments of ACHM so far makes it one of the formidable organizations for clinical hyperbaric medicine specialists:
1. Sizeable number of physicians, technicians, and nurses have received education, training or credentialing endorsed by the ACHM
2. Published consensus statement on physician credentialing for hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which is considered standard for credentialing by insurance companies and hospitals to date
3. Published largest registry for radiation necrosis patients
4. Published preferred practice protocols for Hyperbaric Medicine; its second edition will be published this year
5. ACHM established the first pathway to clinical certification in hyperbaric medicine in 2003. This pathway provides a Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in Hyperbaric Medicine.
The ACHM will continue to focus on improving a quality of care in all areas of wound care and hyperbaric medicine practice as we continue to transition to value-based care. All clinicians who are dedicated to quality care should become a member of the ACHM.
The ACHM will hold its annual meeting with APWCA on September 17-19 in Philadelphia.
Dr. Jayesh Shah