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Help Prepare

Achieving accreditation can seem like a huge undertaking. To help you prepare, we offer a variety of hands-on critical access hospital accreditation support and technical resources:

  • An account executive to guide you through the accreditation process
  • A personalized extranet site dedicated to supporting your organization
  • Access to our Standards Interpretation Group (SIG)
  • Tips to help you prepare your staff for accreditation

Access to Our Standards Interpretation Group

Contact Standards Interpretation Group (SIG) for information about interpreting and applying specific critical access hospital standards. Review FAQs submitted by SIG staff or submit questions directly.

Joint Commission Connect

Joint Commission Connect® is a personalized extranet site dedicated to supporting your organization. You can use it to access helpful resources and critical updates to maintain accreditation expectations throughout your ongoing relationship with The Joint Commission.

Also inside of Joint Commission Connect you’ll find our Readiness Roadmap toolkit which organizes literally hundreds of helpful documents, webinar recordings, videos, checklists, and crosswalks into user-friendly, sortable categories to help make finding specific resources quick and easy. It’s a valuable tool no matter where you are in the accreditation, certification, or verification process.

Your Account Executive

Your assigned account executive is your primary contact at The Joint Commission and will help you:

  • Answer your questions about survey preparation
  • Ensure you have supplied all necessary documentation prior to your survey
  • Update changes to your demographic information
  • Connect you with other Joint Commission contacts when you need them

Joint Commission Resources

Joint Commission Resources® (JCR®) provides one-stop shopping for hospitals seeking accreditation education and training, software, publications, and a variety of other materials to prepare for and sustain your accreditation.

Every year JCR holds numerous conferences and seminars, such as Hospital Executive Briefings, with timely, relevant content.

Learning events

JCR offers timely web-based and on-demand learning, such as the Digital Learning Center and Environment of Care/Life Safety Webinar Series, to fit the needs of your hospital staff.

Online education

JCR publishes an extensive collection of manuals, periodicals, and books/e-books to help your staff prepare for everyday challenges.


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