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Why Choose The Joint Commission for Your Ambulatory Care Accreditation?

The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading performance improvement organization, helps leaders like you drive process standardization that reduces risk and raises the bar for the care you provide today, and what’s to come tomorrow. The Gold Seal of Approval® is the most widely recognized quality and safety distinction in health care.

We support a wide range of ambulatory health care providers: ambulatory surgery centers, community health centers, convenient care, correctional health care, diagnostic imaging centers, federally qualified health centers, dialysis, medical group practices, military clinics, office-based surgery, pain clinics, sleep center, telehealth and urgent/immediate care.

The Choice Is Clear

We know you have a choice when choosing your accreditor. Here is why ambulatory organizations across the country are turning to The Joint Commission to strengthen their patient safety and quality of care.
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Dedicated Support Throughout Your Accreditation Cycle

We understand you may have a lot of questions as you begin and throughout your accreditation journey. And while we provide a wealth of convenient online resources and tools, there simply is no substitute for one-on-one support when you need it. You can count on our business development team to help you through the application process and provide exclusive access to preparation resources. After you apply, your dedicated account executive will be there to support you with access to additional resources through and beyond post-survey activities. Our Standards Interpretation Group (SIG) will be available to help you interpret and apply ambulatory standards throughout your accreditation cycle.
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Expert Guidance, Collaborative Solutions

Our surveyors have extensive experience in clinical and senior leadership roles across ambulatory settings. We match your organization with a surveyor team that understands your organization’s day to day issues and knows how to best support your team. Our surveyors visit an average of 40 ambulatory organizations per year, which means they’ve got a wealth of good practices and ideas they can share in the process — from recruitment to improvements and efficiencies, and more.
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Exclusive Business Intelligence Tools

Through our complimentary SAFER® Dashboard, you’ll be able to effectively and more efficiently make data-driven decisions that improve care delivery, quality, and safety. The Joint Commission assembles the key data you need in one place, making it easier to spot trends in performance and prioritize your improvement efforts for maximum impact.
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Strong Market Distinction

When ambulatory organizations strengthen their care delivery and reputation by leveraging our Gold Seal of Approval, the market takes notice. It demonstrates to referring organizations, payers, community, and staff that you are committed to providing the utmost quality and safest patient care and employee practices — that your organization strives not only to do things the right way, but to achieve excellence. Many insurers and payers commonly use it as a condition of payment approval, contract eligibility, and network participation.
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Ongoing Staff Education and Unmatched Resources

Not only are our surveys designed to be collaborative and educational, but we are the only accreditor to offer a wealth of resources that can be utilized after survey day for ongoing education and improvement of day-to-day operations.

Our Customers Say It Best

Our customers are at the heart of everything we do. Hear from two Joint Commission-accredited ambulatory surgery centers about their experience achieving and sustaining Ambulatory Health Care accreditation.

National Cardiovascular Partners

Hear from Kelly Bemis, Chief Clinical Officer at National Cardiovascular Partners, about her experience with The Joint Commission Ambulatory Health Care accreditation program.

Azura Vascular Care

Hear from Kathryn Kaminski, Director of Quality Improvement at Azura Vascular Care, about her experience with The Joint Commission Ambulatory Health Care accreditation program.