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Many organizations struggle with developing policies and procedures. Formatting policies and procedures for accreditation and re-accreditation present special challenges. Policies and procedures form the foundation for a smooth accreditation process and are only the beginning of a longer accreditation journey.
BHM’s accreditation consultants are experts in developing award winning policies and procedures. With extensive experience working with many organizations earning URAC, TJC, NCQA and other accreditations, BHM’s library of formatted and up-to-date policies and procedures is extensive.
From formatting to documentation, here are some expert tips for developing accreditation policies and procedures.
Standardization and Formatting
Using Standardization and clean consistent formatting in your policies and procedure creates a perfect base for organization, presentation, navigation and updates.
- Use standard and consistent templates for all processes
- Include a section for definition or have a master list of approved definitions
- Include a “space” for accreditation documenting standards or regulations met
- Headers should include: Title, Date of initial approval, Dates of all subsequent approvals, Department name
- Numbering is optional and can often create confusion down the line if you combine, amend, or retire policies
- Use clear and concise digital file names
Development and Documentation
- Include a section that clarifies how accreditation policies and procedures are developed within your organization,
- Follow the development process from start to finish
- Document titles of all personnel who participated
- Include the Quality Committee who made final approval
- Use strategic writing
Reviews, Approvals and Compliance
- Review all policies and procedures annually and document in Policy and Procedure
- Ensure a Senior Clinical Staff person is included in the review and approval process
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