The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) established an accreditation requirement in 2001 to help opioid treatment programs (OTP) like yours improve the quality of the care, treatment and services they deliver to their clients. This requirement may sound like a lot of work and headache, but if done correctly, and through the right accrediting body, behavioral health centers like yours see improvements in a number of areas:
- Patient-focused care
- Integrated and individualized approaches to OTP services and outcomes
- Increased patient-satisfaction
- Improved recruitment of staff and
- Enhanced community confidence and outcomes
Of course improving the services you provide is a big reason for accreditation, but it’s not the only reason…
Accreditation can actually increase your revenue, as it allows you to provide addiction treatment services to individuals who may be receiving coverage through an Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance plan. The ACA accreditation requires you to include some specialized review programs, including “…the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set, patient experience ratings, consumer consumer access, utilization management, quality assurance, provider credentialing, complaints and appeals, network adequacy and access, and patient information programs…”
Learn why accreditation is critical to your behavioral health organization
We can help untangle the mystery of accreditation as it relates to SAMSHA and the ACA, and help you determine what you need to do and how to get it all done.
On November 10, 2016, we are co-hosting a Lunch & Learn in Newark, New Jersey with the Joint Commission*, one of the oldest accreditation agencies. In this informative half-day session, Peggy Lavin, LCSW from the Joint Commission will provide an overview of accreditation, including the process, the requirements and the resources available to assist your organization.
Ms. Lavin will also discuss the benefits of accreditation by the Joint Commission and other similar agencies that ultimately benefit you and the patients you are trying to help, by:
- Organizing and strengthening your patient safety efforts
- Strengthening your population’s confidence in the quality and safety of your care, treatment and services
- Improving your risk management and risk reduction processes
- Potentially reducing your liability insurance costs
- Receiving education to improve business operations
- Getting professional advice and counsel, to enhance your staff’s education
- Providing a customized, intensive review
- Improving your staff recruitment and development
- Providing a deeming authority for Medicare certification
- Setting a framework for organizational structure and management
- Offering practical tools to strengthen or maintain performance excellence
Who should attend?
All Behavioral healthcare providers interested in learning about accreditation and the process of accreditation can learn from this engaging session, which will include time for networking with your peers.
Accreditation will help you meet SAMSHA and ACA requirements, while helping you establish credibility by providing impartial evidence of your quality in the provision of care, treatment and services and in the competency of staff, and validating your commitment to quality and safety.
For more information and to register for this informational event, click here.
*There are a number of accreditation organizations. You should do your research to choose the one that best meet your needs. The Joint Commission certifies hospitals and health care organizations that provide ambulatory and office- based surgery, behavioral health, and home health care organizations. Founded in 1951, it is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.