December 2020

As we begin to look toward to 2021 (perhaps with a more cautious view than years’ past?) the team at AG has been reflecting on the year that we are leaving behind. As we prepare for 2021, we wanted to share some top trends as well as highlights from 2020 as they pertain to the world of accreditation.

Also, on behalf of everyone at Accreditation Guru, we would like to express our sincerest best wishes for a peaceful holiday season and a New Year that is filled with health and prosperity.

Hope to see you in 2021!

Jennifer Flowers & Team AG
'Selling' Accreditation To Staff and Board
Top Video Honors for 2020 Goes to "Selling Accreditation". Buy-in from your staff and board of directors is crucial - so focusing on this step early on is a worthy investment of your time and energy before starting on the road to accreditation.
Top Videos and Blogs for 2020
Below is a list of our videos and blogs that received the most views for 2020!
Accrediting Body News
2020: A Busy Year for Accrediting Bodies

Kudos to the three national accrediting bodies, Council on Accreditation (COA), CARF International and The Joint Commission! They all seamlessly kept pace with challenges faced by providers seeking accreditation while continuing to deliver on standards of excellence within their field.

In addition to changes made to facilitate a more seamless virtual survey/site visit process, each announced notable developments this year:

Announced a potential merger with the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities. While the members of the Alliance still need to vote on the proposed merger, both COA and the Alliance continue to be forthcoming and transparent with information as it develops.

CARF International and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) launched the ASAM Level of Care Certification nationwide. Use of The ASAM Criteria, the most widely used and comprehensive set of guidelines for addiction treatment, improves patient outcomes by establishing a continuum of care that reflects the modern understanding of addiction as a chronic disease.

To better reflect Joint Commission accredited organizations providing social services in community settings, services for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities and foster care for children and adolescents, the name of The Joint Commission’s behavioral health care accreditation program was changed to Behavioral Health Care and Human Services accreditation program. Additionally, new and revised requirements for child welfare services and language changes to standards were implemented.
Company News
AG Continues To Grow
Accreditation Guru brought on three new consultants this year and three office staff– bringing our company total up to 18!

That means we have more capacity than ever to leverage our collective knowledge,
experience and relationships with the accrediting bodies for our clients.

More information on all of our consultants can be found here.

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