Accreditation is a voluntary process through which an Urgent Care Center is able to measure the quality of its services and performance against nationally recognized standards. The accreditation certificate is a symbol to others that an organization is committed to providing high-quality care. The Urgent Care Center Accreditation (UCCA) Program accomplishes the accreditation of urgent care centers by setting standards, measuring performance, and providing consultation and education where needed. Accreditation is ultimately awarded to those urgent care centers that are found to be in compliance with the AAUCM standards.
Urgent care organizations will value accreditation as a measure of professional achievement and quality of care. This mirrors the missions and goals of the American Academy of Urgent Care Medicine. UCC’s should welcome the AAUCM survey as a constructive learning experience. The UCCA certificate of accreditation is a benchmark of quality, not only to those involved in the health care industry but to the general public as well.
Accreditation enhances the appeal of an Urgent Care Center to payors and employers, and attracts the best providers who are eager to practice at a superior Urgent Care Center.
AAUCM Urgent Care Center Accreditation
Joint Commission Accreditation for Ambulatory Care
Accreditation fees range from $1,800 - $14,000 based on number of clinic locations* (plus minimal travel expenses).
*Clinics with 21 or more clinic locations need to call the AAUCM for pricing
No annual fees
$1,910 - $4,500 per year
Need to postpone an Accreditation review? No problem! There are no fees to postpone.
If one of the “Accepted Reasons for Postponement of Initial Surveys” are not met – the Urgent Care Center pays a minimum fee of $2,000.
The AAUCM survey takes approximately four hours for the average-sized center.
The surveyor will spend two or more days conducting the survey
When a survey is conducted and UCCA determines that the medical practice does not meet certain criteria, there is a resurvey fee of $1,000 per clinic location (plus travel expenses).
If an Urgent Care Center has any findings that require a follow up survey that will be at a cost of approximately $2,400.
Unless a center is found to have areas of improvement during the survey, no additional evaluations or surveys are necessary for the duration of Accreditation.
In the three years between on-site surveys, the Joint Commission requires ongoing self-assessment and improvements. Organizations that have already completed their initial survey are re-surveyed on an unannounced basis. The organization will be invoiced immediately after the survey.
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