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American College of Hyperbaric Medicine Releases Criteria for Physician Credentialing

Milwaukee, WI, April 24, 2014 --( The American College of Hyperbaric Medicine (ACHM) has released recommended guidelines for physician credentialing in hyperbaric medicine. The ground-breaking document was drafted by a coalition of opinion leaders in the field of hyperbaric medicine, and covers recommended minimal physician credentialing requirements in hyperbaric medicine for both hospital outpatient departments and non-affiliated centers.

“These guidelines for credentialing are sure to generate healthy discussion and debate within the hyperbaric community,” states Dr. Jeffrey Niezgoda, President of the ACHM. “The College is proud of the collaboration that went into creating this important document, and we believe the majority of our membership will agree that these criteria will advance the training of hyperbaric physicians and ultimately improve the quality of care delivered to patients."

Niezgoda notes that the rise in specialized wound and hyperbaric centers across the United States has resulted in a growing need for physicians to oversee Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). However, until now, there have been no published national standards or recommendations for credentialing physicians in this important area.

“The ACHM has drafted this set of criteria to help guide hospital credentialing committees when it comes to hyperbaric training of physicians,” states Dr. Thomas Serena, Vice President of the ACHM. “We believe this document represents the consensus opinion of recognized leaders in the field of hyperbaric medicine in the U. S.”

The criteria released by the ACHM applies to both hospital-based and non-hospital affiliated centers, but it should be noted that each has separate credentialing requirements.

To download a copy of the new credentialing requirements, or for more information, please visit the ACHM website at

About the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine
The American College of Hyperbaric Medicine is a professional organization founded to support the clinical applications and professional practice of hyperbaric oxygen therapy and to serve the developing specialty of wound care. Members of the ACHM include physicians, nurses, technicians and allied healthcare professionals who are dedicated to the appropriate utilization of hyperbaric oxygen for the benefit of patients. The ACHM has worked to develop an image of hyperbaric oxygen therapy as a distinct medical specialty that understands the standards of care for the use of oxygen as a therapeutic agent. Quality assurance and improvement in the practice of hyperbaric medicine and educational activities to enhance the understanding of the scientific evidence supporting oxygen based technologies in clinical practice are integral parts of the organization’s mission.
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