Thanks for a revealing article on accreditation (Nov. 15, p. 32), obviously written for your American audience and covering most of the bases. I was surprised, however, to see that you made no mention of the Canadian Council of Health Services Accreditation program. We were well-integrated into the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations before becoming separate.
The CCHSA is also a member of the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua). Our chief executive officer, Elma Heideman, is president of the ISQua, and our program has been accepted in some European and Caribbean countries.
In jest, you probably did not want to give any marketing advantage to the accreditation competition north of the border.
I did find the article informative.
Administrator and CCHSA surveyor
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