Accreditation is the process of reviewing the competency, authority, and credibility of an organization for proper certification. It ensures that the business or organization practices and operates in an acceptable way, and if tested by a third party certification, they would ethically and suitably pass with flying colors.
Why is Accreditation important in the medical world?
It is important for seniors to choose healthcare providers and medical organizations that are up to par in their accreditation. For healthcare organizations, the accreditation process will examine their ability to meet the highest quality criteria and standards. Accreditation proves the healthcare organization as a credible and reputable group, with dedication to ongoing and continuous compliance in their field. Industry standards are collaborated and created by experts, as well as the the ACHC (Accreditation Committee for Health Care), to ensure that each organization maintains consistency, quality, and dependability.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requires many organizations to be accredited, including:
- Home Health agencies
- Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) agencies that participate in the Medicare program
Medicare, for example, requires other programs, services, and organizations to become accredited before they are able to participate with the Medicare program itself.
How does the Accreditation process work?
For an organization to go through the accreditation process, it involves extensive surveying, reviewing, and visiting. Industry experts will go directly to the place of business to conduct on-site surveys every three years. During the survey, the expert outlines a comprehensive review of the organization's policies, procedures, structure, and compliance with the law. They also examine the style of leadership, the patients’ rights & responsibilities, fiscal operations, human resource management, provision of care, patient records, quality outcomes, performance improvement, infection control, and safety for both patients and employees. Once the survey has completed, it ultimately demonstrates the organization's level of maintanence and compliance with the ACHC Standards for Accreditation.
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