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Resources by Topic: Accreditation

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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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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Accreditation Survey Activity Guide For Health Care Organizations 2017
Provides information to help your organization prepare for an onsite Joint Commission accreditation survey. Includes 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. 2017 guide contains clarifications and corrections that are specific to the Critical Access Hospital (CAH) program.
Date: 02/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Joint Commission
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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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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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Quality, Safety & Oversight - Certification & Compliance: Rural Health Clinics
Provides information about being certified as a Medicare participating Rural Health Clinic (RHC) supplier. Includes links to applicable laws, regulations, and compliance information.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Survey & Certification - Certification & Compliance: Critical Access Hospitals
Provides basic information about being certified as a Medicare Critical Access Hospital (CAH) provider. Includes links to applicable laws, regulations, and compliance information.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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State Survey Agency Directory
A directory of state agencies that handle survey and certification of certain healthcare facilities including Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) for compliance with the Medicare health and safety standards. Updated quarterly.
Type: Directory
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Critical Access Hospital Accreditation
Information on the Joint Commission survey process for Critical Access Hospital (CAH) accreditation.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Joint Commission
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