To get started, familiarize yourself with the accreditation process and what it means for your organization. You can request 90-day free trial access to our online accreditation standards manual, and sign up for E-Alerts to receive important email updates from The Joint Commission.
Review the requirements that your organization will need to meet for accreditation. Also, familiarize yourself with the Joint Commission’s tracer survey process and SAFER™ scoring methodology. Contact us to walk you through an orientation.
Once you know what requirements apply to you, you’ll need to determine where you are already meeting the requirements, and where policies or procedures will need to change. If you need any help interpreting the standards or what to do to meet them, visit our standards interpretation section to view FAQs or submit a question.
When you are ready to apply, get in touch with our team to get started. Then, complete your application and submit your $1700 deposit. You will be able to indicate on the application a realistic “ready” date within the next 12 months for your on-site survey.
On your scheduled date(s), you’ll meet your trained and qualified Joint Commission surveyor and undergo our comprehensive on-site survey. Your preliminary “Summary of Survey Findings Report” will be made available to you at the close of the survey.
Complete Any Post Survey Follow Up Activities
Address your organization’s requirements for improvement.
Complete and submit your Evidence of Standards Compliance within 60 days.
Celebrate/Publicize Your Accomplishment
When you’ve attained The Gold Seal of Approval® – let the world know! Explore our publicity kit for tips and artwork to use. Your organization will be listed on our Quality Check® website as accredited by The Joint Commission.
Maintain your compliance with Joint Commission requirements to make your next survey in three years go even smoother. Stay up to date on any standards that may be revised or added via your Joint Commission Connect® extranet site.
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 critical access hospital 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
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