Continuous compliance starts with staff who know what The Joint Commission requires. The 2021 Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Critical Access Hospitals (CAMCAH) provides all the key information your organization needs to power performance improvement and maintain continuous standards compliance. It features the official Joint Commission standards, National Patient Safety Goals, and other accreditation requirements, including standards and elements of performance for the optional Primary Care Medical Home certification.
Not sure if your organization is a critical access hospital? A critical access hospital is defined by CMS as a hospital that offers limited services and is located more than 35 miles from a hospital or another critical access hospital or is certified by the state as being a necessary provider of health care services to residents in the area. It maintains no more than 25 beds that could be used for inpatient care. This manual will not apply unless you meet those criteria.