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Resources by Topic: Accreditation

Graduate Medical Education: Programs and Residents Increased During Transition to Single Accreditor; Distribution Largely Unchanged
Examines the number of graduate medical education (GME) programs and the number of residents in GME programs between the 2014-2015 and 2019-2020 academic years. Describes changes in the number, specialty or subspecialty, and geographic distribution of GME programs and their residents.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Critical Access Hospital: 2021 National Patient Safety Goals
Identifies National Patient Safety Goals for the Joint Commission's Critical Access Hospital Accreditation Program. Covers patient identification, staff communication, medication safety, infection prevention, suicide prevention, and more. Effective January 1, 2021.
Additional links: Simplified Version
Date: 03/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Joint Commission
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All Accreditation Programs Survey Activity Guide
Provides information to help organizations, including Critical Access Hospitals, prepare for an onsite Joint Commission accreditation survey. Provides an ordered list of survey activities and details the logistical needs, objectives, and suggested participants for each activity.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Joint Commission
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Healthcare Professionals' Mental Health Needs: Where Can They Go?
Provides an overview of the mental health needs of healthcare providers and the barriers to accessing care. Features the work of physician health programs, professional societies, state licensure boards, and other groups to help ensure providers' mental health needs are addressed. Discusses the impact of provider wellness on patient safety and healthcare quality.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Taney County Health Department: Accreditation and Holding to a Higher Standard
Describes how Missouri's Taney County Health Department has used voluntary national and state accreditation to help meet their county's public health needs. Offers tips for other rural public health departments considering accreditation.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Understanding Rural Health Departments: Do They Have Unique Accreditation Needs?
Discusses how governance, organizational size, and other factors impact rural local health departments' ability to pursue voluntary accreditation.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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It's Possible: Voluntary Accreditation for Rural Public Health Departments
Provides an overview of the public health department accreditation process. Discusses service differences between rural and urban public health departments. Offers advice for rural departments pursuing accreditation.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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R3 Report: National Patient Safety Goal for Suicide Prevention
Establishes safety goals and practices for suicide prevention in Joint Commission-accredited hospitals. This 2019 update highlights specific requirements for accredited Critical Access Hospitals.
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 The Joint Commission accredited hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) on the 2019 ORYX performance measure reporting requirements.
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Joint Commission
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Responding to the Need for Rural General Surgery Training Sites: A How-To
Discusses the key steps to establishing a rural focused general surgery residency program and factors to consider such as the selection of appropriate training sites offering exposer to a variety of surgical procedures, compliance with Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) regulations, and funding for the trainee to support housing, salary, and medical liability insurance. Describes existing general surgery training models in rural areas of Wisconsin, North Dakota, New York, South Dakota, and Oregon.
Author(s): Karen Deveney, Benjamin T. Jarman, Robert Sticca
Date: 04/2015
Type: Document
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