New safety standards for diagnostic and medical services


In 2017, the College ramped up efforts to revitalize facility accreditation standards that were becoming out of date with rapidly changing medical environments.

“Change in medicine happens so quickly, but at the end of the day, we need all Alberta patients to be confident they can walk into any CPSA-accredited facility and get consistent treatment or testing, every time,” says Sandra Hanington, Director of Accreditation. “Implementing best practice and internationally accepted research into our expectations of facilities is the only way to ensure that confidence. It’s what patients expect and deserve.”

New standards will give rigour to about 150 previously unmonitored Sleep medicine facilities.

We updated three facility accreditation standards in 2017. All the new standards will improve the consistency of testing and treatment in their respective facilities. New diagnostic imaging standards have been applied to 30 facilities in the six months since the standards were approved.

When you walk in to an accredited facility, you shouldn’t have to guess if the testing or medical care is held to the highest standards – you should know.
— Sandra Hanington, RN, RPN Director, Accreditation

By and large, the biggest change will be for sleep medicine facilities. New sleep medicine accreditation standards were approved in December 2017 to give rigour to approximately 150 previously unmonitored facilities that provide home testing.

The support from industry has been significant – facilities are signing up for assessment, Alberta’s sleep medicine experts are getting involved as CPSA assessors and third-party payers are preparing to make CPSA facility accreditation a condition of reimbursement for testing and treatment. Our message to physicians: refer your patients to accredited sleep medicine facilities for safe, consistent care.

Accreditation Highlights 2017

Diagnostic Imaging

  • Standards approved May 31, 2017. 
  • By end of 2017, 30 facilities were accredited to new standards. 
  • 18 diagnostic imaging experts became assessors for the College. Assessors help ensure safe and consistent care across all Alberta DI facilities. 
  • Over 80% of facility stakeholders who responded to a post-assessment survey said they felt prepared for their assessment. 

Pulmonary Function Testing

  • Standards approved Dec. 1, 2017. 

  • The new patient-centric approach ensures by mid-2018, all facilities in Alberta will use the same criteria to measure patient test results. 

Sleep medicine

  • Standards approved Dec 1, 2017. 
  • By Dec. 31, 2017, nine new facility groups had signed up for assessment. 
  • Two sleep medicine experts have successfully applied to become assessors, with more to apply in 2018. 
  • Assessments start mid-2018. We estimate that over 150 Alberta Sleep Medicine facilities will be accredited by the end of 2020. 

Stem Cell Therapy

  • Standards approved Dec. 1, 2017. 
  • Alberta is the first Canadian province to develop standards for stem cell regenerative therapy. 
  • The standards are a sub-set under the Non- Hospital Surgical Facility standards. 
  • The College is accepting applications for assessment in February 2018. 

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