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HFAP praises performance in PHE, highlights problems in 2020 quality review

Hospitals, clinical laboratories, and ambulatory surgery centers (ASC) accredited by HFAP showed improvements in 2020. Fewer organizations faced repeat deficiencies than in prior years, and there was a strong showing in overall emergency management. There’s always a question about whether accreditation provides measurable added value, says Deanna Scatena, BSN, RN, CCRN, associate program director for HFAP, the oldest of the four hospital accrediting organizations (AO). The ability of hospitals and other healthcare organizations to present a strong showing, she says, even in a year with the burgeoning nationwide COVID-19 pandemic, demonstrates that value.

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