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Integrated Care Certification focuses on assessing how well clinical care partners, such as physician practices, ambulatory clinics, hospitals and nursing care centers, communicate, collaborate and coordinate with one another to provide patient-centered, clinically integrated care, treatment, and services to their patient population. The certification evaluates planning for clinical integration, including information sharing/exchange, patient handoffs, care planning, and performance measurement and improvement that spans the continuum of the clinical partners’ care, treatment, and service offerings.


Achieving Integrated Care Certification can help leaders facilitate transparent communication through system information sharing, transitions of care, hand-off communications and other key activities to help ensure a patient’s care, treatment, and services across the care continuum. Integrated Care Certification can strengthen your commitment to clinically integrated care by helping to:

  • Foster collaboration
  • Highlight risk sharing
  • Reduce adverse events
  • Promote patient centeredness
  • Identify and reduce redundancy

Learn how the first organization to be certified used Integrated Care Certification (ICC) as a framework for achieving clinical integration.

Eligibility for Participation

The components providing clinically integrated care could be offered in any of the following health care settings:

  • Hospitals
  • Critical access hospitals
  • Freestanding psychiatric hospitals
  • Freestanding or hospital-based ambulatory centers
  • Physician or other clinical practices
  • Nursing care centers
  • Home care organizations
  • Behavioral Health Care and Human Services
Flexible certification standards accommodate different health care settings, while promoting transparent coordinated care. Standards focus on program alignment and characteristics, quality, safety and culture. To be eligible for Integrated Care Certification, at least one of your health care settings must currently be accredited by The Joint Commission.

Roadmap to Integrated Care Certification

Interested and wondering where to begin? We have outlined a few steps to help you streamline your journey and determine if your organization is ready to apply.


Pricing is determined by the number of sites reviewed for your organization. Cost for certification includes both an on-site and annual fee.

To learn more about pricing information specific to your organization, contact us.

How to Apply

When you have assembled your team, assessed your readiness and reviewed the standards, it’s time to apply for Integrated Care Certification. Plan ahead by submitting your application six to eight months before your desired review date.