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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Board members (and staff) involved in the accreditation process will have a hand in improving and influencing the future of the organization.

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. Having a leadership team embrace the importance of accreditation will not guarantee a successful outcome, but if leadership does not support accreditation, then […]

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 […]

Motivating Staff Beyond Money

“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.” ~Winston Churchill Your organization’s strength lies not just in the mission, but in those who support and promote your goals. How do you ensure that they don’t burn out, and keep them motivated and committed to the mission? How […]

Ready, Set, Grow! – Three Steps to Developing Your Accreditation Plan

The path to accreditation often brings about beneficial organizational improvements that take thoughtful time and preparation to put into action.  Following a clear plan will help your organization efficiently maximize its effort and reach its goals on schedule.  We offer these three valuable tips that will assist your agency during its accreditation journey. Develop a […]

What to Expect After your Accreditation Survey?

As legendary baseball player Yogi Berra once said, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.” While he was undoubtedly referring to the baseball season, his words ring true for the accreditation process, as well.  During an accreditation survey, it is typical for reviewers to provide your organization with notes and recommendations for areas that need to […]

Key Considerations in Choosing an Accrediting Body (Part II)

In a recent blog post, we shared with you the significance of cost and timing considerations when choosing an accrediting body. Here we discuss several additional components that should be thoroughly evaluated as your organization chooses an accrediting agency: Fit with accreditation requirements  One of the most important things you can do when assessing an […]

Cost and Timing: Key Considerations in Choosing an Accrediting Body

Earning and maintaining accreditation is one of the most significant decisions an organization will make.  Accreditation can affect your organization’s policies, procedures, scope of services, and personnel levels, among others, for the foreseeable future.  Which accreditation is most appropriate for your agency?  While there are many factors that must be considered when choosing an accrediting […]