Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Ambulatory Care

Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Ambulatory Care
2022nd Ed.
2022 © Joint Commission Resources, Inc.
The Joint Commission Resources
ISBN-10: 1-63585-233-1
eISBN-10: 1-63585-232-3
Patient Safety and Quality Improvement , Primary Care


Continuous compliance starts with staff who know what The Joint Commission requires. The 2022 Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Ambulatory Care (CAMAC) provides all the key information your organization needs to power performance improvement and maintain continuous standards compliance. It features the official Joint Commission standards, National Patient Safety Goals®, and other accreditation requirements, including standards and elements of performance for the optional Primary Care Medical Home certification.

Get ready to power performance improvement and excellence in your organization!

Understanding Which Standards Apply. The Joint Commission surveys many types of organizations under the ambulatory health care standards, including ambulatory surgery centers, community health centers, imaging centers, rehabilitation centers, and urgent care clinics. (See the section on Settings below for a longer list of settings.) Eligibility requirements will differ based on the services provided and the survey option you select. Standards for all these settings appear in the 2022 CAMAC. The goal of this manual’s "Standards Applicability Process" chapter is to help each organization determine which specific standards and EPs in the manual apply to its setting(s), service(s), and program(s).

Key Topics:

  • • Standards requirements including the standards, National Patient Safety Goals, and Accreditation Participation Requirements effective January 1, 2022
  • • Standards and elements of performance for optional primary care medical home certification
  • • Accreditation process information about Joint Commission policies and procedures and practical survey preparation information on the Early Survey Policy, documentation requirements, standards applicability, and more
  • • Keys to successfully using the manual for survey preparedness

Key Features:

  • • Icons to help navigate documentation requirements as well as risk areas
  • • "What's New" summary of changes made since the previous edition
  • • Integrated regulatory requirements for ambulatory surgery center deemed status

Standards: All ambulatory care standards

Setting: Organizations accredited under the Ambulatory Care Accreditation Program, including surgery centers, community health centers, group practices, imaging centers, telehealth providers, sleep labs, rehabilitation centers, student health centers, urgent care clinics, and other ambulatory providers

Key Audience: Staff working on accreditation, compliance, patient safety, or quality improvement

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