Health Care and Accreditation

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Accreditation and Exercises 2-1 and 3-2
This is a two-part assignment
Part One: In preparation for accreditation at its facilities, the administration would like the staff to understand the important benefits of accreditation and how undergoing the accreditation process can enhance quality. Go to The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) Web site (http://www.jointcommission.org), and answer the following questions. Be sure to set a positive tone that will appeal to and win over staff, emphasizing the benefits accreditation can provide your organization. Format your answers in a memo format and address it to me. * What exactly are accreditation and certification?

Accreditation is a non-governmental, voluntary process that evaluates institutions, agencies, and educational programs, (i.e., institutions that grant certificates or diplomas) while certification and licensing involves individual practitioners. Accreditation is defined as the process whereby an agency or association grants public recognition to a school, institute, college, university, or specialized program of study (such as a massage training program) for having met certain established qualifications or standards as determined through initial and periodic evaluations that usually involve submitting a self-evaluation report, site inspection by a team of experts, and evaluation by an independent board or commission. Certification is essentially the process of publicly attesting that a specified quality or standard has been achieved or exceeded. We see this in an informal way all around us nearly every day. For example, when a product has the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval, it means that the item has been attested to meet the standard set for it. Whenever we make a recommendation or referral to a colleague or client we are informally certifying the competence of the person or the quality of the item being recommended. * What is the difference between...
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