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Resources by Topic: Accreditation

Critical Access Hospital: 2020 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, medication safety, infection prevention, suicide prevention, and more. Effective July 1, 2020.
Additional links: Simplified Version
Date: 03/2020
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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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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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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