New to Accreditation
Achieving the apex of safe, quality care
|Health care organizations seek out The Gold Standard of Approval® to achieve a higher standard of patient care and the universal respect of providers, patients, businesses, and insurance companies. JCI standards have been developed and are updated by an international standards committee, with renowned expertise in patient safety and quality improvement for worldwide use.
Accreditation for every setting
JCI has accredited or certified more than 400 health care organizations in 50 countries. Learn more about the accreditation and certification programs.
Begin your continuous improvement journey
JCI staff will help you follow a smooth, coordinated process to achieve timely accreditation. Begin by obtaining the standards manuals, translated in many lanaguages, for targeted understanding and local implementation. At least 6-9 months prior to your survey, submit your formal application and schedule survey dates.
JCI surveyors hold advanced degrees and have extensive experience in their respective fields. They are continuously trained and tested to ensure appropriate use of JCI's evaluation methodologies and the interpretation of standards.
Thorough survey process
A typical hospital survey involves at least three surveyors: a physician, nurse, and adminsitrator. Surveyors evaluate various units within an organization and then meet to discuss their findings, based on interviews, observations, and document reviews. Accreditation also requires a complete system analysis, focusing on the integration and coordination of care processes. An official report is usually sent within 10-15 days of the survey's completion.
JCI Accreditation Process Time Line
Unique tracer methodology
Performance improvement can be tested and verified through tracers: exercises that evaluate the actual care a patient receives. Many organizations use tracer methodology to prepare for surveys and to test their readiness in specific areas.
Fees are determined by the size and complexity of your organization. Your regional office can provide the latest fee information for your setting. Read some frequently asked questions pertaining to the cost of accreditation.
The Value of Accreditation
- Create a culture of safety and quality that focuses on continuous improvement
- Earn public trust and recognition by clinicians
- Involve patients and families as partners in the care process
- Enhance safety and efficiency in the work environment that contributes to staff satisfaction
- Negotiate for payment using quality data
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