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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin November 2010
8 NOVEMBER 2010 The ADA would adopt the Standards and support participation by dental practices in accreditation processes undertaken by an approved accrediting agency to meet the Standards. Dental Practices would participate in an accreditation program with the provider of their choice to demonstrate that they met the Standards. Approved Accrediting Agencies would assess dental practices against the Standards and provide relevant and appropriate accreditation information to the practice, with agreed information on safety and quality also being provided to the ADA. The Commission will receive information regarding the general trends of performance against the Standards. The Commission has a role in keeping the Standards current, approving accrediting agencies to assess against the Standards and reporting to the community on general safety and quality matters arising from accreditation processes. The Commission will not receive any accreditation information specific to an individual health service, dental practice or hospital. WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR DENTAL PRACTICES? The impact of implementing the Standards will vary and depend on current practices and systems. Systems, documentation and processes may need to be developed and put in place to ensure a service can provide evidence they meet the Standards. For some practices there will be some one-off costs of participating in accreditation as well as complying with the Standards. The Commission is trying to assess the size and scope of these costs and is seeking input from health services, including dental practices, that will be included in a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS). The RIS will accompany any recommendations that the Commission makes to Health Ministers. Copies of the RIS documents and submissions will all be made available on the Commission's website at: www.safetyandquality.gov.au. FUTURE WORK The Commission is continuing to work with dentists and their practice staff to develop a range of guides for the Standards. The ADA will also provide ongoing support for the implementation of the Standards and the national model accreditation scheme. The Commission has appreciated the constructive working relationship that has been developed with the ADA and hopes that this will continue into the future. "The ADA has shown leadership in driving safety and quality and the Commission is pleased to continue supporting their efforts to implement the Standards" said Professor Chris Baggoley, Chief Executive of the Commission. "The Commission recognises the significant work already undertaken by the ADA in the development of supporting documents. The inclusion of dentists in the piloting of the Standards has provided a valuable opportunity for dentists to input into the development process and for them to review the Standards and use them to assess their practice systems and processes." If approved by Health Ministers, it is proposed that implementation of the Standards would commence in July 2011. For further information on the Accreditation Program of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, please contact Margaret Banks on 02 9126 3684 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Call 1800 263 411 suncorpbank.com.au/choose2save Visit your local branch Banking products are issued by Suncorp-Metway Ltd ABN 66 010 831 722. Terms and conditions, fees and charges may apply and are available on request. BSUN5381_ADA It's worth the switch Business Puts you in control of your Business Banking Flexibility to choose what you want The more you choose, the more you save. Choose2Save on your Business Banking. Combine your transaction account and EFTPOS to start saving, add lending to save even more.
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