Process Steps

Curious what your path to ambulatory health care accreditation looks like? Here are some steps to guide you through the accreditation process with confidence.

Understand Your Survey

The Joint Commission’s accreditation survey helps organizations improve the safety and quality of care and services. The process begins with an on-site survey that assesses compliance with Joint Commission standards.

Joint Commission surveyors are specially trained professionals with experience in the ambulatory health care industry who understand the day-to-day issues that confront providers and have the hands-on expertise to help organizations resolve them.

On-site surveys involve:

  • Tracing the patient’s experience, which involves observing services provided by various caregivers and programs within the organization, as well as hand-offs between them
  • On-site observations and interviews
  • Assessment of the physical facility
  • Review of documents provided by the organization

For more information on what to expect for your on-site survey, review the resources below.

Learn About Pricing

Accreditation fees are calculated based on the services provided and your average daily census. There are two components to the fees — annual fees which are invoiced each year during the triennial accreditation cycle and an on-site fee which is invoiced during the year your survey is conducted.