As health care reform continues its sweeping changes in service delivery systems the strategic importance of organizations becoming certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (CARF) has increased. CARF Accreditation is a worldwide accrediting organization and has been developed to assure continuous quality improvement is one of the key components of all health care organizations it surveys. Over the years these standards have been refined and improved to the point where they have significantly improved overall health nationally.
Often organizations face many disruptive internal forces in realigning their facilities with complex and confusing accreditation standards. Addressing the myriad of policies and understanding the full intent of the standards can be daunting. Maintaining state licensing standards while trying to implement the accreditation standards, can frequently cause organizations unnecessary delays in achieving accreditation. Entertaining the idea of CARF Accreditation for the first time can be exciting, stressful, and often both. Very often there’s a measure of urgency for a various reasons, including renewed demands of 3rd party payers, expectations of referral sources and increased governmental demands for quality improvement. Many times, administrators are under pressure from a variety of interest groups to have their operations become nationally accredited.