What is accreditation?

Accreditation is a formal process by which a recognized body, usually a non-governmental organization assesses and recognizes that a healthcare organization meets applicable pre-determined and published standards. Originally it was a voluntary process. Today, the process has changed as many state laws now require accreditation for ambulatory surgical facilities and office based surgeries.

Why should a healthcare organization want to be accredited?

The accreditation certificate signifies that an organization is committed to providing high-quality health care and that it has demonstrated that commitment by measuring up to rigorous national standards.In addition, accreditation satisfies regulatory requirements for licensure or certification and facilitates third-party reimbursement and insurance premium reduction. It is also a means of earning Medicare 'deemed status' by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).Accreditation provides a sense of confidence for the community and gives organizations a marketing edge over its competitors.

Who should or needs to be accredited?

  • Ambulatory Surgical Centers
  • Office Based Surgery
  • Oral Surgery Centers
  • Ambulatory Care
    • Endoscopy Centers
    • Oncology Facilities
    • Pain Management Centers
    • Dermatology

How can Healthcare Accreditation Resources LLC help me achieve Accreditation?

Preparing for the accreditation process can be a daunting task for most practices. CMS requirements, HIPAA compliance regulations, OSHA, and ADA regulations are but a few of the obstacles that must be overcome to achieve accreditation.

Practice managers and physicians must concentrate on running their organization and not become distracted by the complexities of accreditation requirements.

This is where Healthcare Accreditation Resources LLC can help. We help prepare your practice for accrediting agency or regulatory surveys to include but not necessarily limited to: (The Joint Commission: TJC, AAAHC, AAAASF, CMS, DPH, OSHA, CLIA etc.)

What costs are associated with accreditation?

Healthcare Accreditation Resources LLC strives to make the process as cost effective as possible by promoting practice involvement with a choice of options available. You should also consider the associated costs include both fixed and variable fees that are determined by the accrediting agency as well as the size and complexity of your facility.

Which agency is right for me?

Based on both available objective data and Healthcare Accreditation Resources LLC experience we will help you with the decision making process.

Each medical practice must determine and evaluate the cost/benefit ratio of the various approved accrediting agencies to best suit their facility needs.

How do I get started?

For a look at how to approach accreditation, including a review of the process and associated costs, call us at 508-654-4780 or e-mail pdh@har.us.com.