Academic journal article Nursing and Health Care Perspectives

Why Accrediation?

Academic journal article Nursing and Health Care Perspectives

Why Accrediation?

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QUALITY CARE IS EVERYONE'S RESPONSIBILITY.

But how can you the nurse or the case manager be assured that the home care provider you have referred your client to is a quality provider? One way would be to ask other nurses and case managers, or other clients or social workers. You could also visit the provider or check its rating on one of the many websites that claim to grade providers. If the provider is Medicare certified, you could contact the State Health Department to determine if any Medicare deficiencies have been reported, but that would only tell you if the provider is out of compliance with the Medicare Conditions of Participation.

The most efficient mechanism would be to ask if the provider is accredited and then ask to see its accreditation report. If the provider is accredited by the Community Health Accreditation Program, this report is a narrative that will immediately identify for you whether or not the agency has any quality issues.

Besides making your job easier, what is the value of accreditation, and what makes CHAP accreditation different from other types of accreditation? Accreditation - especially CHAP accreditation - helps strengthen organizational structure and provides a framework for success. In fact, agencies have commented that the CHAP Standards of Excellence are a blueprint for operating a successful home health business, guiding the duties of the governing body and the chief executive. Although the standards do not tell the agency how to do things, they do tell the agency what needs to be done. They also serve to ensure that all activities and services are consumer oriented. …

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