Accreditation: A Hospital CEO’s Strategic Choice


Compass Clinical Consulting’s Director Kate Fenner, PhD, RN, is featured in a series about Hospital Accreditation Options for Hospitals and Health Systems in Becker’s Hospital Review Magazine.


The clear majority of hospitals seek voluntary accreditation, most through The Joint Commission (TJC) and now, several hundred through the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) and DNV GL – Healthcare (DNV GL) using the National Integrated Accreditation for Healthcare Organizations (NIAHO®) standards. A newer option in the accreditation scene is the Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality (CIHQ), which tracks accreditation through standards and a survey process closely aligned with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Conditions of Participation (CoPs).

This decision—to maintain accredited status with one particular source—is rarely questioned, much less examined from a strategic perspective. But perhaps it is time for hospital leaders to evaluate the decision to pursue accreditation and view it as an essential element of their hospitals’ strategies.

This is part 1 of an 8 part series on Hospital Accreditation Options.

Read the complete story,Accreditation: A hospital CEO’s strategic choice,” on Becker’s Hospital Review.

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