Prepare a summary brief (10-12 pages) for senior leaders on how Joint Commission accreditation helps the organization comply with regulatory requirements, improve quality, and meet stakeholder needs. Include a recommendation about other accrediting bodies that might benefit the organization.

Introduction

Health care leaders and managers need to know the best approaches to regulatory compliance. Often, the industry refers to these as best practices. Compliance best practices require health care organizations to meet specific standards. Common standards include:

· Quality of care.

· Privacy and patient protection.

· Patient satisfaction.

· Ability to meet stakeholder needs, including serving the community.

How do health care organizations determine standards? How do they evaluate how well they are meeting those standards? Government agencies do set and enforce many standards; however, these standards stipulate the minimum requirement for compliance. Most government oversight organizations are not interested in providing a “scorecard” or a ranking system for health care organizations. They are more interested in whether or not health care organizations are meeting the regulatory standards.

Most health care organizations, on the other hand, want to perform above the minimum standards. They want to pursue excellence. This type of approach to compliance helps ensure the organization is meeting regulatory requirements and helps the organization deliver high quality to its stakeholders.

To accomplish this, health care organizations often rely on standards set by accrediting organizations. Achieving accreditation from a third-party organization that sets high standards is often a vigorous and time-consuming process. It does, however, help the organization ensure it is meeting standards well above the regulatory minimums.

In most cases, accreditation is voluntary. However, some states require certain accreditation for licensure. Joint Commission accreditation is the most common and well-known voluntary accreditation in health care. The Joint Commission accredits a wide array of health care organizations. Many benefits to accreditation exist; however, helping to ensure compliance is the main one.

Now that your hospital has a robust compliance program and an all-staff compliance training program in place, senior leaders want to take the next step. They want the organization to perform an in-depth analysis of the benefits of voluntary accreditation. Senior leaders know the Joint Commission accreditation it currently possesses is good for the organization’s reputation and standing in the community. However, they also want to know what additional benefits might exist for the organization that it has not capitalized on yet. They hope to better justify the costs associated with voluntary accreditation.

Because of your involvement in developing and implementing the new compliance program, they have asked you to research and prepare a summary brief on how Joint Commission accreditation helps the organization comply with regulatory requirements, improve quality, and meet stakeholder needs. In your summary brief, they have also asked you to consider other accrediting organizations that could benefit the organization.

Instructions

To meet your senior leaders’ request, you will prepare a 10- to 12-page summary brief. A summary brief is a common document in management that is used to summarize concepts, issues, products, or projects. Summary briefs often vary in format. For academic purposes, the required format for this summary brief is current APA format, a common format for health care research and academics. Consult these resources for additional guidance on the appropriate use of APA guidelines:

·
Evidence and APA
—This is a tutorial on the current APA style.

·
APA 7th Edition Example Paper [PDF]
—This is an example to help you make sure your summary brief conforms to APA formatting guidelines.

Use the following headings to organize your summary brief for leadership:

Accreditation in Health Care (3–4 paragraphs)

· Provide a short overview of accreditation in health care.

Accreditation Requirements (3–4 paragraphs)

· Include an overview of the most common accreditation requirements.

Accreditation and Regulatory Compliance (1–2 pages)

· Compare and contrast accreditation and regulation requirements.

· Detail how accreditation helps health care organizations meet regulatory requirements.

Joint Commission Standards (1–2 pages)

· Analyze the key Joint Commission standards that apply to this organization.

Accreditation Best Practices (2–3 pages)

· Describe industry best practices for meeting accreditation requirements.

Other Accrediting Organizations (2–3 pages)

· Select one accrediting body other than the Joint Commission and analyze the benefits of its accreditation for the organization.

​Conclusion (3–5 paragraphs)

· Share your informed opinion about whether the cost and required effort for meeting accreditation requirements have value to the organization. Note: You do not need to perform a full financial analysis here. You only need to share considered insights about the benefits and costs of voluntary accreditation.

Additional Requirements

· Written communication: Use the Compliance Program Implementation and Ethical Decision-Making Template linked above. Your workplace brief needs to be clear, concise, well-organized, and generally free of errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling. The title page, citations, and references need to be in the current APA format. 

· Length: Approximately 8–10 typed, double-spaced content pages in Times New Roman, 12-point font, including the reference page. See the 
APA 7th Edition Example Paper [PDF]
.

· Title page: Develop a descriptive title of approximately 5–15 words. It should stir interest, yet maintain professional decorum. Ensure that your title page conforms to the current APA format.

· References: Include a minimum of six current, authoritative citations and references in the current APA format. See 
Evidence and APA
 for more information.

· Scoring guide: Please review the scoring guide for this assessment so that you understand how your faculty member will evaluate your work.

Competencies Measured

By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and scoring guide criteria:

· Competency 2: Explain the concept of accreditation in health care.

. Explain the concept of accreditation in health care.

. Compare and contrast accreditation and regulation requirements.

. Analyze how accreditation helps health care organizations meet regulatory standards.

. Describe best practices for meeting accreditation requirements.

. Summarize the benefits a specific health accrediting organization provides to a health care organization.

· Competency 5: Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and respectful of the diversity, dignity, and integrity of others and is consistent with the expectations of health care professionals.

. Write a scholarly, clear, well-organized, and generally error-free summary brief that conforms to APA formatting requirements and is reflective of professional communication in a health care

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Zombies: How to Survive the Apocalypse

Anne Rojas

National American University

EN 1300: Composition II

Jacey Moran

July 17, 2020

This is not a full APA paper. It is meant to

show students the basics.

Students should contact their instructor or a

librarian for specific questions.

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Abstract

An abstract is a summary of your paper, usually between 150 and 250 words long. It should

include your thesis statement and describe what your paper is about and the key points of your

research. Abstracts should be simple and to the point, allowing the reader to decide if he or she

wants to read your paper in its entirety. Please also note that the first line of your abstract is not

indented.

Keywords: zombies, apocalypse, preparation

(An abstract is optional for student papers. Please ask your instructor whether an abstract should

be included in your paper.)

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Zombies: How to Survive the Apocalypse

The continuing threat of a zombie apocalypse requires heightened awareness and

preparation in order to survive. There is a need for the availability of public health resources and

survival techniques. In addition to public resources, individuals will have to take the initiative to

be aware and prepare. Focus on development and implementation of resources will prove to have

a high return on investment; preparedness will ensure survival of the human species.

Procrastination will lead to being assimilated into the zombie ranks.

One of the first things everyone can do to prepare for the arrival of zombies is to stock up

on water, food, batteries and candles. Having the proper supplies is an important step in being

ready in the event of an outbreak. The Office of Public Health has excellent information on what

you can do to get ready (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2012).

Some people think it is frivolous to prepare for the eventuality of a zombie apocalypse.

A zombie apocalypse is something for which even the United States military trains (Mulrine,

2012). This indicates that civilians should be taking the threat seriously and heeding the advice

of not only the government but the military as well.

Other considerations have to be taken into account by those in the legal field, including,

“examining the critical question of whether the undead should be considered dead for estate tax

purposes” (Chodorow, 2013, p. 1207). It would be difficult to recoup assets once an estate has

been distributed; verification of the status of the deceased is critical before the probate process

begins.

This exercise highlights the flawed assumption that lies at the heart of our tax code –

namely, that death is permanent – and reveals Congress’s complete lack of foresight in

designing the nation’s tax laws. In light of the difficulties of applying existing tax law to

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the undead, it may well be that Congress needs to create new laws for the undead, or

possibly even different laws for different types of undead. The point here is not to

advocate for any particular solution. Instead it is to highlight the problem and convince

Congress and the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) that they must act now, before it is

too late. (Chodorow, 2013, p. 1207)

Chodorow’s assertion that Congress needs to amend our public laws in order to properly deal

with the undead is an interesting one.

REMINDER: All sources listed on the reference

page must be cited somewhere in the body of the

paper; anything cited in the body of the paper

must be listed on the reference page.

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References

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2012). Zombie preparedness.

https://www.cdc.gov/phpr/zombies.htm

Chodorow, A. (2013). Death and taxes and zombies. Iowa Law Review, 98(3), 1207-1231.

Jacobs, J. H. (2012, July 14). 10 essentials for surviving the zombie apocalypse: A practical

guide. Huffington Post. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-hornor-jacobs/10-

essentials-for-survivi_b_1658924.html

McCullough, J. A. (2013). Zombies: A hunter’s guide. Osprey Publishing.

Mulrine, A. (2012, October 31). No prank: On Halloween, US military forces train for zombie

apocalypse. Christian Science Monitor. https://www.csmonitor.com

Pastor, P. (2013). The zombie apocalypse. Christianity Today, 57(1), 80.

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2013/january-february/zombie-apocalypse.html

Peisner, D. (2012, November 8). Secrets of the zombie factory. Rolling Stone.

https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/the-walking-dead-secrets-of-the-zombie-

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CRITERIA NON-PERFORMANCE BASIC PROFICIENT DISTINGUISHED

Explain the concept
of accreditation in
health care.

Does not explain
the concept of
accreditation in
health care.

Attempts to explain the
concept of accreditation
in health care; however,
omissions and/or errors
exist.

Explains the
concept of
accreditation in
health care.

Explains the concept of
accreditation in health care.
Explanation includes
multiple examples,
specifics, and references to
current, authoritative
sources.

Compare and
contrast
accreditation and
regulation
requirements.

Does not
compares and
contrast
accreditation and
regulation
requirements.

Attempts to compare and
contrast accreditation
and regulation
requirements; however,
omissions and/or errors
exist.

Compares and
contrasts
accreditation and
regulation
requirements.

Compares and contrasts
accreditation and
regulation requirements.
Narrative includes multiple
examples, specifics, and
references to current,
authoritative sources.

Analyze how
accreditation helps
health care
organizations meet
regulatory
standards.

Does not analyze
how accreditation
helps health care
organizations
meet regulatory
requirements.

Attempts to analyze how
accreditation helps
health care organizations
meet regulatory
standards; however,
omissions and/or errors
exist.

Analyzes how
accreditation
helps health care
organizations
meet regulatory
standards.

Analyzes how accreditation
helps health care
organizations meet
regulatory standards.
Analysis includes multiple
examples, specifics, and
references to current,
authoritative sources.

Describe best
practices for
meeting
accreditation
requirements.

Does not describe
best practices for
meeting
accreditation
requirements.

Attempts to describe
best practices for
meeting accreditation
requirements; however,
omissions and/or errors
exist.

Describes best
practices for
meeting
accreditation
requirements.

Provides a comprehensive
description of best
practices for meeting
accreditation requirements.
Description includes
multiple examples,
specifics, and references to
current, authoritative
sources.

Summarize the
benefits a specific
health accrediting
organization
provides to a health
care organization.

Does not
summarize the
benefits a specific
health accrediting
organization
provides to a
health care
organization.

Attempts to summarize
the benefits a specific
health accrediting
organization provides to
a health care
organization; however,
omissions and/or errors
exist.

Summarizes the
benefits a specific
health accrediting
organization
provides to a
health care
organization.

Summarizes the benefits a
specific health accrediting
organization provides to a
health care organization.
Summary includes multiple
examples, specifics, and
references current,
authoritative sources.

Write a scholarly,
clear, well-
organized, and
generally error-free
summary brief that
conforms to APA
formatting
requirements and is
reflective of
professional
communication in a
health care setting.

Does not write a
scholarly, clear,
well-organized,
and generally
error-free
summary brief that
conforms to APA
formatting
requirements and
is reflective of
professional
communication in
a health care
setting.

Attempts to write a
scholarly, clear, well-
organized, and generally
error-free summary brief
that conforms to APA
formatting requirements
and is reflective of
professional
communication in a
health care setting;
however, significant
lapses, omissions,
and/or errors exist.

Writes a scholarly,
clear, well-
organized, and
generally error-
free summary
brief that
conforms to APA
formatting
requirements and
is reflective of
professional
communication in
a health care
setting.

Writes a scholarly, clear,
well-organized and error-
free summary brief that
conforms to APA formatting
requirements and is
reflective of professional
communication in a health
care setting. Summary brief
contains multiple
examples, specifics, and
references to current,
authoritative sources.