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Editorial Review
November 2000

Continuous Quality Improvement in a Dermatologic Surgery Office

Author Affiliations

From Dermatology Associates of Kentucky, PSC, Lexington.

Arch Dermatol. 2000;136(11):1400-1403. doi:10.1001/archderm.136.11.1400

Dermatologic surgeons must develop an office continuous quality improvement (CQI) program to document the quality of dermatologic surgical care. This activity is being monitored by health maintenance organizations, insurance companies, and accreditation organizations such as the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care,1 the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, and the National Committee for Quality Assurance.2 The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care considers Quality Management and Improvement to be an essential core standard for accreditation. This article presents a "how to" approach to CQI that links quality improvement activities, peer review, and risk management in an organized systematic manner.