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Health Care Accreditation

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What is accreditation?

Why is it important?

What organizations accredit managed care organizations in the U.S.?

What is involved in the accreditation process? (In other words, what do they look at? Do they make site visits?)

What is the accreditation status of your health care provider organization (hospital, clinic, treatment facility, etc...)? If you are not covered under a managed care plan, identify any managed care plan and explain its accreditation status.

Provide references please.

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Excellent questions!

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1. What is accreditation?

The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) succinctly defines accreditation as:

"[A] process in which an entity, separate and distinct from the health care organization, usually non-governmental, assesses the health care organization to determine if it meets a set of standard requirements designed to improve quality of care.
In other words, an accrediting body (like JCAHO) is an independent 3rd party that measures and rates the regulations, safety guidelines, and practices of a service or business--in this case, medical facilities. Think of it as a stamp of approval verifying the authenticity and quality of services. A restaurant in the US can't open unless it passes certain health inspection codes, and a lawyer can't begin practicing until he or she has passed a qualifying exam (bar). The same is true with medical practitioners and facilities. They must demonstrate to accrediting bodies that they possess the personnel, resources, training, experience, and regulatory understanding to provide quality medical treatment to patients. Hospitals that lack accreditation are hospitals worth avoiding. However, JCAHO is not the only accrediting organization out there. There are agencies that focus on region, specialty, and country. For a partial list of these organizations, please visit our section on Other Accrediting Bodies" (

2. Why is it important?

By definition, then, it is very important for demonstrating that the facility is meeting ...

Solution Summary

This solution describes what is involved in the accreditation process and why it is important. It identifies who the organizations are that accredit managed care organizations in the U.S. By example, it explores the accreditation status of a health care provider organization. Supplemented with articles on accreditation for further research. References are provided.