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Accreditation Before, During, and After COVID: Benefits of CQI-Based Accreditation Programs

Accreditation Before, During, and After COVID: Benefits of CQI-Based Accreditation Programs in Preparing for and Managing Threats


This peer-reviewed article by Elizabeth Ziemba appeared in the first edition of the Journal of Healthcare Management Standards. It looks at the question of whether hospitals with CQI-based accreditation are weathering the pandemic better than those providers without accreditation.


COVID-19 has taught healthcare providers many lessons in a short period of time including the importance of universally accepted protocols that, if in place and systematically implemented, can and should have improved the response to COVID-19 as well as prepare providers for the next healthcare emergency. Accreditation, built on a foundation of systems and protocols, is designed to fast-track hospitals’ Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) systems to build, stronger, more resilient, and better prepared healthcare services. The global healthcare community can look to accreditation organizations to identify existing universally accepted best practices to encourage the widespread adoption to benefit the delivery of healthcare services in good times and bad.



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