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Resources by Topic: Accreditation

New Suicide Prevention National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG) for Critical Access Hospitals
Identifies new National Patient Safety Goals for the Joint Commission's Critical Access Hospital Accreditation Program for hospital and behavioral healthcare programs. Covers minimizing the risk of suicide within the hospital environment, screening of patients for suicidal ideation, developing written policies and procedures addressing the care of at risk patients, and monitoring the implementation and effectiveness of policies.
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Joint Commission
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What You Need to Know: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 2019 ORYX® Performance Measure Reporting Requirements
Provides information for Joint Commission accredited hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals on the 2019 ORYX performance measure reporting requirements.
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Joint Commission
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Survey Activity Guide for Health Care Organizations: All Accreditation Programs
Provides information to help organizations prepare for an onsite Joint Commission accreditation survey, including Critical Access Hospitals. Provides an ordered list of survey activities and details the logistical needs and objectives for each activity. Also makes suggestions about which staff members should participate in each survey activity.
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Joint Commission
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Critical Access Hospital: 2019 National Patient Safety Goals
Identifies National Patient Safety Goals for the Joint Commission's Critical Access Hospital Accreditation Program. Covers patient identification accuracy, staff communication, infection prevention, medication safety, and more.
Additional links: Simplified Version
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Joint Commission
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Rural Health Clinic Compliance and Evaluations: Preparing for Survey
Provides presentation slides offering tips on preparing for the Rural Health Clinic (RHC) survey visit. Identifies common deficiencies and details items that will be evaluated on the facility tour.
Author(s): Kate Hill
Date: 2018
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: The Compliance Team
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RHC Best Practices
Provides a webinar recording focused on best practices for Rural Health Clinics when maintaining RHC certification. Highlights accountability tools used by RHCs that are part of a healthcare system, a split-staffing example from an independent RHC staffed by nurses, and electronic health record evaluation and implementation. Additional links include the example accountability tools. Part of the Rural Health Clinic Technical Assistance Series.
Additional links: Audio Recording, Best Practices for the Independent RHC, Presentation Slides: Provider Patient Team, Presentation Slides: Total Family Medical, RHC Best Practice Tools, RHC Best Practice Tools: Guide, Transcript
Date: 12/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, National Association of Rural Health Clinics
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Rural Public Health Agency Accreditation
Studies the barriers to and opportunities for public health agency accreditation among state and local health departments serving rural jurisdictions.
Author(s): Michael Meit, Karen Harris, Jessica Bushar, Bhumika Piya, Maria Molfino
Date: 06/2008
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
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Challenges, Opportunities, and Strategies for Rural Public Health Agencies Seeking Accreditation
Enhances understanding of how public health infrastructure may dictate rural health departments' approaches to seeking accreditation.
Author(s): Michael Meit, Karen Harris, Jessica Bushar, Bhumika Piya, Maria Molfino
Date: 06/2008
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
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CMS-Approved Accrediting Organizations Contacts for Prospective Clients
Lists accrediting organizations approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Includes details on which types of programs each organization accredits, such as Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Health Clinics, and provides contact information.
Type: Directory
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Facts about Critical Access Hospital Accreditation
Discusses accreditation of Critical Access Hospitals, including benefits, standards, the survey process, performance measurements, and cost.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Joint Commission
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