You want to help people, and that’s an admirable goal. However, wanting to help and having the skills to help are two different things. Substance abuse clinics and facilities should focus on getting at least one accreditation. Accreditations help patients find treatment options that meet the high standards expected by the medical community and be recognized for their efforts.
Licensing and accreditation are used to improve organizational quality across multiple facilities. Take, for example, three hospitals in a city. If two are accredited and follow the same requirements but the third is not, would you go there? How would you know if they completed tasks to the same standards as the others? Accreditation helps you recognize that these facilities have passed necessary tests and meet the high standards you expect. Additionally, insurance carriers may require accreditation before paying for treatment for the patients at your facility. Contact the team at Southworth Associates at 844.521.0523 to learn about the accreditation process.
Why Does Drug or Alcohol Addiction Rehabilitation Accreditation Matter?
With accreditation, you show that you’ve taken the time to prepare your facility to help others. Here’s more on why you need to have accreditation for your facility if you want to be among the best.
Accreditation Shows Your Facility Is Professional
Of all the reasons to get your facility accredited, one of the most important is that it shows that your facility is professional. When a patient comes to you, you will be able to discuss with them that you have met the medical community’s requirements and have a staff that has appropriate training and skills to help.
You want to show that industry professionals acknowledge your facility as both effective and legitimate, which is what you do when you seek and are given CARF or Joint Commission accreditation.
Accreditation Allows for Insurance Reimbursement
Many times, accreditation is what allows insurance companies to reimburse your facility. While some facilities only accept self-pay, it’s better if you can provide all the possible options to your patients.
Who Gives Accreditation to Different Facilities?
The two accrediting bodies are the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, or CARF, and the Joint Commission, which used to be known as JCAHO.
CARF is an organization and non-profit accrediting body. It evaluates both dual diagnosis programs and addiction treatment programs in Europe, Canada, and the United States. It has issued over 25,000 accreditations in those countries.
The Joint Commission
The Joint Commission is another significant accrediting body that accredits medical facilities, drug rehab programs, hospitals, and more. It has accredited over 20,000 facilities.
Does Having Accreditation Mean Your Patients Will Be Successful?
Not necessarily, but it does mean that you’re meeting the standards that have been set by CARF or the Joint Commission. You want to show families and your patients that you’re giving them the best shot at treating their health conditions, including dual diagnosis, drug or alcohol misuse, or other concerns with effective, approved options.
Going to an accredited facility doesn’t guarantee success. Still, it does show that your facility uses evidence-based therapies and provides the highest standard of care for every patient.
Get In Touch with Southworth Associates International
At Southworth Associates International, we can help you learn more about accreditation and walk you through the process. We will also give you access to other resources that you may need. If you’re developing a new addiction rehab or offering your services to others, then getting accredited should be your goal. You can learn more from us about CARF accreditation, Joint Commission accreditation, and more at our website, or call us today at 844.521.0523.