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The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and CARF The Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission are beefing up their agreement to jointly evaluate freestanding medical rehabilitation hospitals.
The two groups began offering a combined CARF/Joint Commission survey option in 1997, involving a modest level of integration of the separate survey processes of the two organizations. The newly enhanced combined survey process creates efficiencies by providing a greater coordination of the on-site survey activities, including joint staff and patient interviews, review of key documents, and daily briefings with the hospital leadership. Following pilot-testing and final refinements in November 1998, the enhanced combined survey is now available to all freestanding rehabilitation hospitals scheduled for a survey in 1999 and thereafter.
A complimentary manual with guidelines to the survey process, the interview schedules, and a comparison of Joint Commission and CARF standards is given to freestanding rehabilitation hospitals upon receipt of their applications for a combined survey. Each accrediting body will continue to render its own decision, issue its own survey report, and charge its customary survey fee.