The Urgent Care Association of America will discontinue its accreditation program to focus on supporting quality standards through the Joint Commissions program in a new partnership with the accrediting body.
In the partnership announced by the Joint Commission, the UCAOA will support services available through the commissions ambulatory-care accreditation program. The organizations also will work together to develop standards specific to urgent care, targeted for release in 2010. The Warrenville, Ill.-based urgent-care association, which began to provide accreditation services in 2006, has accredited 38 of the estimated 8,000 urgent-care centers in the U.S.
The association said in a written statement that it had explored partnerships with several accrediting organizations before deciding upon the commission because of its leadership in the field. -- by Jean DerGurahian