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Benefits

Health Resources & Services Administration/Bureau of Primary Health Care (HRSA/BPHC) encourages health centers to undergo comprehensive accreditation processes to support the achievement of national benchmarks and demonstrate the highest standards of health care quality. A comprehensive accreditation survey process provides structure and resources to guide and inspire health centers to provide safe care and deliver high quality outcomes.

Hear how Joint Commission accreditation has made a positive impact on a community health clinic in East Harlem, NY.

Process

Health centers must first submit to BPHC their Notice of Intent (NOI) to participate in the accreditation initiative. Once approved, The Joint Commission will work with the health center to finalize an application for accreditation, confirm a survey date, and provide other assistance regarding survey preparation.

Educational Assistance & Resources

The Joint Commission provides resources to help your health center achieve accreditation or Primary Care Medical Home certification. These resources include:

  • Dedicated account executive and business development staff to guide you through the process, provide you with a resources, and access to our online E-dition Standards
  • Webinars on a variety of topics including infection prevention, emergency management and medication safety
  • Scholarships to education events that provide tips, tools, and strategies to be successful in achieving ambulatory care accreditation 
  • Publications with readiness resources, practical checklists and toolkits

Cost

For FQHCs, HRSA/BPHC pays the onsite and annual accreditation fees — for both initial and subsequent accreditation surveys. In addition, HRSA/BPHC also covers the accreditation fees for PCMH certification surveys combined with an ambulatory care accreditation survey.

Primary Care Medical Home Certification

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