Identify and discuss accreditation for Skilled Nursing Facilities and Continuing Care Retirement Centers.

1. Your understanding of the accreditation process for Skilled Nursing Facilities.

2. Your understanding of the accreditation process for Continuing Care Retirement Centers.

 

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Skilled Nursing Facilities and Continuing Care Retirement Centers fall under the same category for the Joint Commission (JCAHO) accreditation process for long term care accreditation. They have the option to go for the traditional Long Term Care Accreditation Option or the Medicare/Medicaid Certification-Based Accreditation.

The Medicare/Medicaid Certification-based Long Term Care Accreditation Option is a modified accreditation for only skilled nursing facilities, in this case would be independent facilities and the part of the CCRCs the provide this care, that assumes these facilities are in compliance with many Joint Commission standards based on an organization’s certification by Medicare/Medicaid. A short explanation of what both process involves is summarized on page 9 of the Long Term Care Accreditation Answer Book (attached). The CCRCs accreditation would be more complex since each section (independent living, asissted living, nursing, etc.) of the Center has to pass their part in the accreditation process.

The accreditation process is a long detailed process that starts with filling an electronic format application. This application collects the essential information on the organization – …

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