Accreditation Requirements

Accreditation Requirements: Requirements for obtaining official accreditation or certification from accrediting organizations and maintaining compliance as it pertains to cultural and linguistic competence.

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The New Joint Commission Standards for Patient-Centered Communication: Hospitals Remain Unprepared As The Joint Commission Standards Go Into Effect

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This white paper outlines the Joint Commission standards that have been implemented in 2011 as a part of a pilot project.  These standards will require healthcare organizations to provide all patients, regardless of language, patient-centered communication. Beginning no earlier than January 2012 organizations that fail to comply may risk jeopardizing their accreditation.

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Language Access and the Law: Caring for the LEP Patient

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Language Access and the Law in Healthcare is the nation's first e-learning program on this critical topic. The course is designed to increase physicians' knowledge of the business, medical (quality/safety) and legal reasons for providing language access services to patients. In particular, it will teach clinicians how to:

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Straight Talk: Model Hospital Policies and Procedures on Language Access

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This report presents new and innovative operational procedures that hospitals around the country can implement to streamline hospital systems and processes for patients with limited English proficiency (LEP). While the study, review and creation of these Model Policies and Procedures was based primarily on California public hospitals, this Model is applicable and adaptable to the entire U.S.

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Cultural Competency Standards Crosswalk

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This crosswalk outlines the relationships between the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health Care, issued by the Office of Minority Health, and the accreditation standards of the Joint Commission, URAC, and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

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Crosswalk of the Office of Minority Health's National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) and The Joint Commission's 2009 Standards for the Hospital Accreditation Program

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This document is a crosswalk of the Office of Minority Health's National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) and The Joint Commission's 2009 Standards for the Hospital Accreditation Program.

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