It’s All About Mitigating Risk – Technology Plans and Accreditation

Every successful organization needs a comprehensive, carefully planned, effective risk management program; one that not only focuses on risks related to finances, insurance levels, human resource practices, etc., but includes a thorough review of information and technology management risks.  This is true whether an organization is seeking accreditation or not, as there is always risk involved when talking about technology. One component to help control risk and plan for future organizational growth is the development of a formal written information … Continue reading

Options for Complying with the New Joint Commission Outcome Measures Standard

If you’re like most of the treatment providers we’ve talked to recently, you probably have heard of the new Joint Commission behavioral healthcare standard for patient-reported outcomes, but haven’t yet determined the best way to comply.  This article provides some background on both the standard and your options. Let’s start by discussing why the Joint Commission created this standard.  Extensive research over the past 20 years has shown that the process of regularly asking patients how they’re feeling and sharing … Continue reading

Pro-active Measures to Keep Cyber Criminals Out

I have the perfect 100% guarantee to protect your information systems from ANY cyber-attack. You will pay me handsomely for my solution too. Here it is: Cut the power cord on your PC and bury everything in concrete. Problem solved! Ha, hack that hackers! Although this drastic measure is theoretically effective, it’s obviously a non-starter. However, the idea does illustrate a greater and more important point: if your systems are powered up and connected in some way to the Internet, … Continue reading

Accreditation Guru Joins Local Nonprofit Westchester Companies for Kids

  Accreditation Guru has proudly joined local charity organization Westchester Companies for Kids (WC4K). WC4K is affiliated with the Westchester Children’s Association (WCA). Founded in 1914, WCA is the leading independent voice for the youth of Westchester County. The organization promotes policies and initiatives that improve the lives of children by collecting data to develop a consensus among the public, policymakers and child services providers to help deliver what children need to succeed. WCA sponsors coalitions that work on relevant … Continue reading

Expanding Our Team!

Accreditation Guru is seeking ambitious professionals to join our team as accreditation consultants to help our clients effectively navigate the (re)accreditation process. Full and part time positions are available throughout the continental US (near major airports preferred). Direct experience with CARF, COA, Joint Commission and/or CQL is required; past/current position as an accreditation surveyor/reviewer strongly preferred. Contact us for additional information.

National Accreditation – Where Do We Begin?

Often when people are approaching the accreditation process for the first time, they find the number of steps involved overwhelming and are unclear where to start. If you are able to break it down into seven key steps, the accreditation journey can be much smoother and easier to approach. Choose an accreditor There are a number of factors to consider when selecting an accrediting body, including the fit with accreditation requirements, time necessary to become accredited, costs, etc. Details may … Continue reading

NEW Nonprofit Start-Up Suite

Accreditation Guru is pleased to announce our newest service, our Nonprofit Start-Up Suite! In response to the many inquiries we receive asking how best to start a nonprofit organization, we have developed an all-inclusive package of services that will take your nonprofit from inception to a certified legal entity property, ensuring that your new agency is position for a long, successful future. We have partnered with an expert in nonprofit law, allowing us to provide all the services necessary to … Continue reading

Getting Your Board on Board for Accreditation

Organizations with a corporate governing board (whether a nonprofit’s board of directors or a for-profit’s board of advisors/trustees), should be sure to actively include this group in the run-up to national accreditation. I have often said that having a leadership team embrace the importance of accreditation will not guarantee a successful outcome, but if leadership does not support accreditation, then you are guaranteed to have problems. This correlation extends to board members. One should present the benefits of accreditation and … Continue reading

Why You Shouldn’t Join a Nonprofit Board Without Directors and Officers Insurance

Directors & Officers Insurance You’re feeling philanthropic; you want to give your time so you accept an invitation to sit on a nonprofit board of directors of a meaningful organization you’ve supported for many years. Then, imagine there’s an allegation against the organization and you’re named in the lawsuit because you’re a member of the board of directors. “Wait, I didn’t sign up for this!” But in reality, you did. Why? Because you’re on the board of directors and are … Continue reading

Electronic Record Systems and Accreditation

Electronic record systems have become the option of choice for many providers. The single most obvious benefit, clearly, is that consumer records are maintained consistently in a clear, complete, and legible manner. When considering organizational productivity and operations, the use of an electronic record system offers several features that can greatly enhance efficiencies and will help support your operational systems: Reminders surrounding due dates such as progress notes, case plan reviews, and reviews surrounding client rights Monitoring of accountability in … Continue reading