Preparing for Joint Commission Accreditation

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Joint Commission Accreditation (JCAHO) Consulting

Many insurance companies are requiring JCAHO accreditation in order to pay benefits. The accreditation requirement gives insurance companies the assurance that they are paying out for the best level of care. Acquiring JCAHO and CARF accreditations opens up to you more potential clients that can seek treatment at your facility.

The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards, according to their website. Performance that is reasonable, achievable and survey-able.

The Joint Commission’s innovative standards set the expectation for addiction treatment center performance that is reasonable, achievable and survey-able.

National Treatment’s Joint Commission consultants understand the process for accreditation. Our consultants have over 25 years of experience to help ensure your success. The process can be difficult at times and the standards materials are hundreds of pages long. Like licensure, the accreditation process is an exacting science. Mistakes cost time and money. This is a process you do not want to go through alone.

The JCAHO accreditation consulting process covers:
  • Create/provide all required manuals
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Employee and client handbook
  • HIPAA regulations are followed
  • Create/provide all required forms and templates
  • Quality assurance and outcome measures
  • Liaison/communicate with The Joint Commission
  • Training of staff on JCAHO policies
  • Site visits
  • Site prep for inspection
  • Follow-up regarding any deficiencies after accreditation determination is made.

The process takes time. 4 to 6 Months to attain your accreditation. This can very depending on a number of variables, from your ability to respond to the Consultant to the state in which you seek accreditation.

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