Our facility is accredited by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics (ABC) for Comprehensive O&P. We take pride in our dedication and hard work to achieve this level of facility accreditation. We have achieved accreditation every year, from 1983-2011. Complete details on ABC Accreditation can be found in the Accreditation Guide.
ABC implemented its facility accreditation program in 1948 guided by the view that accreditation should be founded upon standards that are broad in scope and focus on those aspects of organizational activities that most directly influence the quality of orthotic and prosthetic patient care. The standards support the ABC mission to provide quality healthcare in OP practices and consequently help increase efficiency and support initiatives to improve patient outcomes. The program encompasses comments and recommendations from a variety of resources including the federal government, business owners, clinical practitioners, patients, and healthcare payer and referral sources. The standards were field tested through on-site evaluations and written surveys to representative patient care organizations. As the foremost standard for OP patient care facilities, ABC accreditation is commonly used as a standard of quality care by insurance companies and regulatory bodies.
ABC Facility Accreditation Overviewextracted from ABCOP’s website
Our practitioners are all certified in orthotics and prosthetics by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics. The credential notation for this certification is CPO. ABC Certification is conferred upon only those individuals who have successfully fulfilled at minimum all the following requirements (from www.abcop.org):
- A bachelors degree or higher in orthotics and prosthetics or a bachelor’s degree along with post-graduate orthotics and prosthetics certificate from a CAAHEP accredited program
- A 12-month residency in an NCOPE accredited residency program
And, successful completion of the following 3 examinations:
- Clinical Patient Management Practical Examination:
A hands on practical examination of knowledge and skills assessed through direct examiner and patient model interaction
- Written Simulation Examination:
A 3 Hour interactive exam that uses six simulated cases to test analytic and clinical problem solving
- Written Multiple Choice Examination:
A 3 Hour multiple choice examination that assess knowledge of patient and practice management