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Why Choose JCI for Ambulatory Care Accreditation?

JCI’s Ambulatory Care Accreditation program accredits a variety of settings including free-standing medical, dental, surgical, and other specialty facilities, diagnostic imaging centers, dialysis centers, cosmetic surgery centers and fertility clinics. Ambulatory Care Centers accredited by Joint Commission International go above and beyond to achieve stringent patient safety and quality improvement goals. Achieving Ambulatory Care accreditation not only enhances and objectively validates your performance reliability, it also:

  • Proactively minimizes risk areas for your clients, staff and brand
  • Creates a performance-focused competitive edge to help boost market share
  • Leverages a vetted framework to grow or expand services

Expertise You Can Depend On

Our surveyors are clinical and administrative professionals experienced in ambulatory care settings. JCI surveyors speak 21 different languages and hail from 6 continents and bring their vast experience and expertise to your Ambulatory Care organization. JCI’s accreditation process concentrates on operational systems critical to the safety and quality of patient care. A key component of our customer’s positive experience relies on a consistent survey process executed by expert surveyors, with experience in a variety of ambulatory specialties.

Enabling Better Decisions with Unparalleled Tools

We support you with a robust, patient-centric survey which is anchored to data and measurability:

  • The SAFERMatrix identifies and helps prioritize performance improvement efforts on areas with the highest risk of potential adverse outcomes.
  • JCI’s unique tracer methodology reviews how the ambulatory care organization delivers care to the patient, helping to mitigate risks before they can become costly problems. Tracers engage both patients and staff, allowing organizations to show how they meet the standards beyond policies and procedures.

Ambulatory Care Specialty Programs

Ambulatory care organizations provide a wide range of care, treatment, or services in a variety of settings. Not all of the standards included in JCI's Ambulatory Care Accreditation Standards Manual apply to every type of ambulatory care organizations. Based on the particular care, treatment, or services provided, the applicable standards from the ambulatory care manual have been identified for the following ambulatory specialties (click the specialty links below for a complete list of applicable standards):

Ambulatory care organizations whose services are focused in these specialties may contact for these applicable standards after their purchase of the Joint Commission International Accreditation Standards for Ambulatory Care, 4th Edition.


  • Chronic disease management
  • Procedural sedation and invasive procedures
  • Water quality and safety
  • Supply chain management
  • Management of contracts
  • Confidentiality and security of patient information
  • Free-standing medical facilities
  • Dental clinics
  • Surgery centers
  • Diagnostic imaging centers
  • Dialysis centers
  • Cosmetic surgery centers
  • Fertility clinics
  • Other specialty clinics

How to Get Started

JCI’s Pathway to Accreditation eBook helps health care organizations understand what JCI accreditation entails and how to start the process. The easy-to-navigate resource is broken down into five stages, each full of tips, resources and best practices from JCI experts and accredited organizations.

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