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Accreditation involves the setting of standards by an accreditor followed by a process to determine the degree to which adherence to these standards has been met. We have described the organisational and operational benefits of provider accreditation that include the development of a community of practice to foster learning, scholarship and system change. In addition, provider accreditation offers an amplification effect in the number of accredited CE activities that can be handled by the system as well as striking economies of scale and scope over activity accreditation.
Interestingly, regardless of the type of accreditation, in all cases, providers are notified that they have been given approval by the accreditor based on their ability to demonstrate their adherence to the established standards and requirements. So, one might say in the end, that all CE accreditation is in fact provider accreditation in which some systems offer provider accreditation one activity at a time. The cost effectiveness of this choice can be based in part on the economics resulting from our hypothetical model, as well as the potential impact that accreditation systems can have on both organisations and the broader health-care systems within which they exist.
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Sep 23rd, 2015
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