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Accreditation Licensure RUNNING HEAD: Accreditation and Licensure


Accreditation and Licensure Peter Schuckert Kaplan University HA425-01

The organization that provides accreditation verifies that the services provided consistently meets predetermined standards. Licensure has some fundamental similarities to accreditation but some stark differences between the two exist. Accreditation is a badge of honor for health care organizations. this is true for health care as well. . 2008).Accreditation Licensure Accreditation and Licensure 2 It is common practice for people to perform some research before making a large purchase or when they are faced with a life changing decision. 2013). Accreditation lets patients know that they are receiving care that meets recognized standards of quality. Each state decides which fields require licensure and what the requirements are to get licensed. Practicing medicine without a valid license exposes the person to potential civil and criminal proceedings. Licensure unlike accreditation is a required process that is regulated by the government at the state level. monitoring and reviewing the businesses or services provided by that of another organization. In the health care field accreditation and licensure serve to assure that the patient receives quality care. Accreditation is not a requirement by law rather it is a voluntary process by an authoritative institution recognizing. The Better people would know that they are obtaining products or services that meet certain well-known standards of quality is a well known resource to verify if a company is reputable and reliable. Once the organization has demonstrated that they meet the standards they are accredited (Sollecito & Johnson. evaluating. Typically in order to obtain a license one must provide proof of education in the specific field and demonstrate proficiency typically through an examination process (McWay.

The American College of Surgeons along with the American Medical Association. Over the years the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals evolved into an entity known simply as the Joint Commission. One of these challenges is voluntary or mandated accreditation. and the Canadian Medical Association joined forces in 1951 to form the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals (Joint Commission. While addressing such concerns may reduce an . and IPAs. The earliest form of accreditation dates back to the early twentieth century. The standardization movement led to licensure expanding from just individual practitioners to include health care facilities also (McWay. Another challenge to accreditation is the financial cost to address quality and safety deficiencies. Accreditation just like any worth while endeavor has challenges to face. The result was program titled the Hospital Standardization Program or HSP (Merry & Crago. This endeavor to improve patient care was spearheaded by the American College of Surgeons. This pressure from various insurers as well as expectations from patients essentially has made accreditation voluntary in name only. 2013). Even though the majority of accreditation is technically voluntary health care providers are pressured from insurance providers including governmental program such as Medicare and Medicaid to achieve high standards that are equal to accreditation (Sollecito & Johnson. 2001).Accreditation Licensure 3 Accreditation has been around longer than HMOs. PPOs. 2013). The efforts of the American College of Surgeons gave birth to a standardization movement in the field of health care. the American Hospital Association. the American College of Physicians. 2008). Addressing quality and safety concerns requires labor and financial resources (Sollecito & Johnson. 2012).

2013). Just as the health care field has changed over time accreditation and licensure has evolved from a effort to improve patient care into an integral component of modern medicine. In order for the accreditation process to be valued and respected in years to come research must be done and the data disseminated in journals. 4 Most accrediting associations are non-profit organizations. This can force accrediting associations to rely on unpaid volunteers to perform the surveys monitoring compliance. when this happens it is usually the volunteer work that gets put on the back burner. A volunteer’s job or family can occasionally conflict with their volunteer work. 2013). Many volunteers have jobs and family.Accreditation Licensure organization’s exposure to malpractice suits some organizations look at a cost benefit analysis to decide if expending the resources to obtain accreditation is a wise financial decision. . This will provide health care professionals and accreditation associations to identify deficiencies and misconceptions allowing them to be dealt with. As we have learned accreditation and licensure are different processes with a long history and yet some similarities. The pitfall in relying on volunteers is that they are not as reliable as a paid workforce (Sollecito & Johnson. Lastly evidence on the impact of accreditation is woefully lacking. Despite the fact that the prevailing belief is that accreditation has an impact on clinical care and organizational outcomes there has been little research to validate this belief (Sollecito & Johnson. Often this means that accrediting associations have limited finical resources.

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