Quality Oversight: Why Are Rural Hospitals Less Likely To Be JCAHO Accredited? UMN RHRC Working Paper #30.

Publication Date: September 1st, 1999
Publication Type(s): Working Paper
Author(s): Brasure, M., Stenslad, J., Wellever, A.

As the nation advances quality monitoring to address outcomes of care, many rural hospitals have chosen not to seek JCAHO accreditation. This paper describes the discrepancies in hospital accreditation between hospitals located in metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) and those located outside of MSAs, highlights factors associated with not being accredited, and analyzes reasons that many rural hospitals still choose not to participate in the JCAHO’s accreditation process.

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