Dr. Edward Klopp Named Hyperbaric Accreditation Surveyor
Edward H. Klopp, M.D., Medical Director of the Peninsula Wound & Hyperbaric Center at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, recently became an accreditation surveyor for UHMS, the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society.
Dr. Klopp took part in a surveyor training course offered at the recent UHMS 45th Annual Scientific Meeting held in Phoenix, Arizona. The UHMS is the only national accreditation organization for hyperbaric facilities and is recognized as such by the Joint Commission. Each UHMS Accreditation Survey is performed by a three-member team, comprised of a physician, a Certified Hyperbaric RN and a Certified Hyperbaric Technician. Most surveyors take part in surveys conducted within their own geographical region, but may also take part in surveys in other areas. Recently some third-party payors and governmental entities have begun to require UHMS accreditation as a precondition to allow payment for hyperbaric services. Currently, only 10 to 15 percent of U.S. facilities are accredited, but, with the reimbursement changes on the horizon, the demand for surveys is expected to peak dramatically.
Peninsula Wound & Hyperbaric Center is proud to have two UHMS surveyors within its ranks. Nancyellen Morris, LPN, CHT, became a surveyor last summer, and was invited to participate in her first survey last October.