The world of compliance, regulation, accreditation, and certification is a complicated one, as the healthcare industry is kept in check by a variety of different organizations. Healthcare rules, regulations, and standards are developed, implemented, and enforced by both Federal and State regulatory agencies, as well as by private accreditation and certification organizations.
Federal and State organizations oversee and enforce required compliance within most healthcare settings. Whereas private accreditation and certification organizations provide voluntary accreditation and/or certification of quality standards as additional oversight to Federal/State agencies—that’s their main difference. One is mandatory, the other is voluntary.
Aside from the main accreditation and certification organizations mentioned above, there are many others specific to certain industries, like ambulatory services, for example. The matrix below outlines the requirements each healthcare setting has in regards to federal and state agencies, and outlines the voluntary options available. Yellow boxes indicate required compliance within each healthcare setting.
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