Troy Lair is an expert in healthcare accreditation. "Why is healthcare accreditation so important?"

Updated: Mar 21

Q1. What is accreditation, and why should healthcare leaders care? In the modern world of healthcare, everyone needs accreditation to prove they have the best practices in place to support their healthcare patients and service them well. Every accredited healthcare organization requires a comprehensive, well-trained workforce to work at the best of their ability within that service setting. It’s also critical for business owners who want to stay in business and provide the service level they are qualified to provide without compromising patient care safety procedures and procedures. Today, the need for accreditation is necessary given the complexity and size of healthcare enterprises that offer multiple services, many locations with different providers, and the need to communicate and collaborate on a 24/7/365 basis with hundreds of employees, patients, vendors, and agencies. For a healthcare organization to become accredited, they are required to meet a specific set of standards for governance, staff and provider training and competencies, and medical safety. But accreditation is only one of many important standards that should be addressed before, during, and after you implement the organization. Here are just a few of the factors that go into the journey to accreditation. The Journey to Accreditation, A Quick Review of 7 Components When talking about a healthcare organization’s journey to accreditation, I like to break it into 7 parts: The Pre-Accreditation Process The Pre-Accreditation Process is an exploration to understand where you are now, how far you are off from where you need to be, how long you will have to make the change from where you are to where it needs to be, and what the real issues or barriers are you need to address. The goal of the Pre-Accreditation Project is to develop strategies with a high probability of success for achieving your quality and safety goals and meet the specific standards outlined by the accrediting organization, with the use of your time and resources. It’s important to have honest conversations with your leadership and key team about your ability to meet the accreditation requirement(s) but also learn how prepared the team is to take on your plan and make a concerted effort at this. Accreditation is typically not the result of a single time commitment; it should be continual work that the healthcare organization does with a focus on continuous improvement.

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